Hudson County Community College Plans Special Events for Current and Prospective Students Who Are Armed Forces Veterans

July 23, 2013

JERSEY CITY, N.J. / July 23, 2013 - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will host a special “Veterans’ Welcome Day” event, specifically designed to meet the needs of veterans of the armed forces on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the College’s Culinary Arts Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City - just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The event will take place rain or shine.

“Veterans’ Welcome Day” is open to veterans who are currently students at HCCC, as well as those who are interested in becoming HCCC students or considering enrollment, and those who are newly enrolled as HCCC students. Veterans who attend the event will be able to receive assistance in applying for admission to the College (with HCCC application fees waived), and to learn about how they may take advantage of VA education benefits and mental health services as well as HCCC students’ services. The College will also provide a barbecue for veterans and their families.

HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said the number of armed forces veterans attending the College has increased, and so the College has expanded its services for veterans. HCCC now partners with the Vet Center, a program of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that welcomes veterans home with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. The Vet Center also assists veterans and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their communities. Personnel from the Vet Center are available at the College’s Enrollment Services Veterans Affairs Office on the Journal Square campus in Jersey City all day, each Thursday meeting with veterans who are HCCC students and assisting them and their families with information and services.

“Hudson County Community College has been designated as a ‘military veterans-friendly school’ and we are proud to be able to serve the men and women who have served our country,” Dr. Gabert stated. He emphasized that under the GI Bill, veterans of the armed forces may attend Hudson County Community College tuition-free.

“We hope that our Hudson County veterans and their families will join us on August 20th to learn more about the College and the special services we have for them, and that they will come and enjoy the barbecue,” Dr. Gabert stated.

Those interested in attending the HCCC “Veterans’ Welcome Day” are asked to confirm their attendance by phoning Ms. Yvette Ramos at 201-360-4151 or emailing yramosFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.