LCC, UO receive state grants to support veteran students

First published in the Register Guard on August 19th. University of Oregon and Lane Community College are among 14 public colleges that received thousands of dollars in grants from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs this week. 

The grants are designed to expand Campus Veteran Resource Centers and other services for student veterans to help them successfully transition from military service to college, and again into the civilian workforce and community, according to a release from the department. 

Colleges received a combined total of $900,000 in grants, ranging from $25,830 to $79,830. 

LCC received $78,615, the largest grant out of the two Eugene-area colleges and the second-most of any of the recipients across the state. UO received $31,581 for its services. All 14 colleges that applied were granted money. 

Some of the projects to be funded with the grants include establishment of peer mentor programs to increase retention of veteran students, partnerships with community organizations to help transition to the workforce, and training for faculty and staff in military culture and unique needs of student veterans.