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Connections Made at Veterans’ Open House

CVTC veterans recently had the opportunity to connect with other veterans, enjoy some pizza, and learn about veterans’ benefits and services.

Jared Myers of Elk Mound served active duty in the Marines for four years. He was a rifleman in Fallujah, Iraq, for seven months. Jared is a first-semester pre-program Criminal Justice student. He uses veterans' benefits to attend CVTC. Jared noted that in the ten years since he’s been out of high school, teaching methods have changed significantly. “I’ve gotten a lot of help to get up to speed in technology and adapt to online learning.”

Bill Thunell from New Auburn is a Vietnam Era veteran who served in the Army.  Bill drove, loaded, commanded, and was as a gunner on a tank.  He is enrolled in the CVTC’s AODA program and attends school through benefits he receives through vocational rehabilitation.  Bill commented, “I love being back in school, and I’m proud of my 3.8 GPA.  I thoroughly love the learning atmosphere at CVTC.”  Bill expects to graduate in May 2012.

Attending the event was CVTC’s Veterans Officer, Deb Ludwikowski, plus agency representatives from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the Chippewa County Veterans Service Office.

Approximately 200 veterans are enrolled at CVTC.

Deb Ludwikowski, CVTC Veterans Officer, explained veterans' benefits to Jared Myers, left in photo, and Bill Thunell.