RCBC receives $375,000 federal grant to improve graduation rates of veterans
Thursday, Sep 09, 2021

veteran standing with Barry giving the thumbs up

For over 50 years, Rowan College at Burlington County has provided educational and career resources, a work study program and, most recently, 26 new VA-approved programs catered to the veteran population. The college has also fostered a longstanding relationship with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

Now, RCBC is gearing up for their next big venture: establishing a Center of Excellence for veterans by fall 2022. Thanks to a $376,473 federal grant, the college will allocate funds to a dedicated lounge space and expand advising and academic success services for veterans. Most importantly, the college aims to increase retention and graduation rates of veteran students. 

National reviews of the veteran experience on college campuses demonstrate the burdens placed on veterans in returning to college, including but not limited to the loss of a sense of purpose in moving from military to civilian life and the fears of appearing vulnerable when asking for help. RCBC plans to use the grant to mitigate those issues.

“We currently serve hundreds of veterans and plan to continue to improve our service to those who served our country,” RCBC President Dr. Michael A. Cioce said. “Adding a dedicated lounge space, with access to computers and fellow veterans, will increase camaraderie and a sense of inclusion among our veterans. This is just another step we’re taking to thank those who have given so much to our country.”

All documented veterans, regardless of their use of benefits, are eligible. Visit rcbc.edu/center-excellence for more information.