February 10, 2020 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College hosted “No Wrong Door” on Feb. 7, a day of training open to faculty and staff of all colleges in the region to explore better ways to meet student veterans’ needs as they pursue their studies and transition back into civilian life.

Several current and former Tunxis student veterans who participated in a panel during the event are shown with (right to left) Chuck Cleary, Tunxis dean of student affairs, Karen DeBari, Tunxis veterans’ mentor/ Veterans’ Club advisor, Dr. Darryl Reome, Tunxis CEO, and Justine Ginsberg, Farmington Valley Health District community health coordinator and program director of Resilience Grows Here.

Expanding on information that was provided during last year’s event, the session included information on the impact of military service, veterans’ education benefits, PTSD, Veterans Affairs benefits and resources, a panel of student veterans and their perspectives, and QPR suicide awareness training. These and other topics were presented by experts from a number of organizations including the Connecticut National Guard, Veterans Affairs, Farmington Valley Health District and Tunxis Community College.

The event is the first in a four-part series of distinct topics on student veterans which will be presented by three other CT community colleges later this year, sponsored with Farmington Valley Health District.

Ideas and information shared in the series will be used to develop a white paper that establishes a strategy for making positive changes to the student veteran experience across north central and western Connecticut in 2021.

Recently ranked among the top military-friendly colleges in the U.S. by Intelligent.com, Tunxis offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with such programs as advanced manufacturing technology; criminal justice, dental assisting, early childhood education; engineering; pathway to teaching careers; and technology.