To continue to improve the service it provides to our nation’s veterans, Erie Community College is making changes to enhance its Veterans Affairs Department, ECC President Jack Quinn announced Wednesday.
Joseph Brunet has been named as the new assistant coordinator of veterans services. Brunet, who will be full-time, will be replacing a part-time veterans coordinator who will be retiring at the end of the year. Brunet will oversee two other part-time veterans coordinators.
Brunet, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, started at ECC in 1996 as the assistant director of corporate training and has served as an assistant coordinator of evening services at the college since 2000.
ECC currently enrolls more than 700 student veterans and has been named a Veterans-Friendly Educational Institution by the Erie County Veterans Service Agency.
Quinn said ECC will continue to offer "one-stop shopping" for veterans who are seeking higher education. Educational benefits available to qualified students include the Active Duty Educational Assistance Program; Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program; Post 9/11 G.I. Bill; Survivors and Dependents Benefits; Selected Reserve Education Assistance Program; Activated Reserve Educational Assistance Program and Child of Veteran Award.
There are also a variety of support services available, at no cost, through Erie Community College’s Workforce Development Department for both active military members and veterans, including:
- Transitioning service members from the military and assisting with career planning, training and job searching
- Complimentary computer classes in: Microsoft Vista, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher
- Workshops such as: resume writing, interview techniques, selling yourself to the employer, how to work with difficult people and how to post a resume online
- Referrals and on-site services from partner agencies, including the New York State Department of Labor, Supportive Services Corporation, BOCES, the Adult Learning Center and the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium
- G.E.D. classes and math and English refresher courses
- Financial aid and grant information
“I am proud to continue to enhance ECC’s services for our students who have served our country. As the college expands its veterans initiatives, we aim to continue the record growth of veterans enrolling at ECC,” Quinn said. “This kind of growth could not be possible without the support of ECC’s Board of Trustees, and in particular, ECC board member Ray Gallagher. I would like to thank Ray for his hard work making our veterans initiatives a success.”
As always, all veterans can call one number at ECC, (716) 851-1124 and be helped through every step of the college experience.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.