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CVTC Places More Emphasis on Helping Veterans

​Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) has announced it will have a social worker dedicated to veteran students on hand once a week, beginning this fall, to ensure military veteran students receive valuable resources to better assist them in being academically successful.

CVTC has partnered with Chippewa Falls Veterans Administration Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) through the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership Initiative (VITAL) to provide veteran students with convenient access to a social worker at the Business Education Center in Eau Claire. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is funding the VITAL project, Perchinsky said.

The VITAL project provides veteran students with free medical and mental health assessments and services offered by VA Health Care.

The social worker will assist veteran students in a variety of areas, from scheduling routine medical care to linking them with on-campus telehealth psychiatry, said CVTC Registrar Tessa Perchinsky.

“Many services for veteran students at CVTC will be accessible right on campus,” Perchinsky said. “The challenges veteran students face influence their academic performance, so having these services right here is a positive for them.”

“Through the VITAL project, every veteran student has the opportunity to discuss his or her concerns, determine an action plan to increase functioning and receive the support needed to make appropriate and beneficial changes,” Perchinsky said.

For more information, contact the CVTC Registrar’s Office at 715-833-6256.