BUFFALO—Representatives of Erie Community College gathered with their Veterans Affairs staff and Western New York service partners to announce outreach efforts for area veterans, as well as announce the establishment of the college's first veteran-specific scholarship at their Veterans Outreach and Partners Luncheon on Thursday, November 15th inside their City Campus Statler Dining Room.
ECC—which was recently recognized as a top military-friendly college for the second consecutive year by Military Advanced Education Magazine—welcomed representatives from community veteran support organizations like AmVets, Compeer and Goodwill to focus on ways to better support Western New York's growing veteran population. Since the college currently hosts over 700 veteran students across its three campuses, it has positioned itself to provide the best educational, retraining and counseling support for the area's returning servicemen.
“ECC has proven itself to be without peer in providing area vets cost-effective education, training for high-demand occupations and support while pursuing their academic goals,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We'll continue to work with our community partners to not only continue with this support, but to improve upon it in any possible way.”
One of these improvements has come in the form of the Jeffrey LeBrun Memorial Scholarship, the school's first veteran-specific scholarship in honor of a former ECC student. The late LeBrun previously attended South Campus, but was killed while involved in Iraq combat in 2005. Of the 61 Western New Yorkers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combat since 2003, 12 have been former ECC students. This tragic statistic is one that not only motivates the college's outreach efforts, but also their intent on honoring those we've lost.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.