Woytych shares how the new Armed Forces Student Center at
Waukesha County Technical College will help his fellow student
veterans at the school on Friday.
- Gripping the wooden podium and leaning forward as he addressed the
group gathered Friday morning at the new Armed Forces Student Center
at Waukesha County Technical College, Mitchell Woytych said the
center will be a place for his fellow student veterans to see
this center means to me is no one is left behind,” Woytych said.
and Catherine Habron, WCTC Student Veterans of America student
chapter president and a student veteran, welcomed guests and shared
their thoughts on what the center will mean to the approximate 190
student veterans at the school.
$10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation Vet-Center and the SVA
helped to fund construction of the center and the purchase of new
furniture, appliances and carpeting.
Habron, WCTC SVA student chapter president and a student
veteran, explains the benefits of having the Armed Forces
Student Center at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday.
facility in room C-016 of the College Center is designed to assist
active military, veterans and their family members with transitions
from the military to college and college to career. Inside the
center, students can work with veteran specialists to assist with
educational benefits, plus access a lounge and quiet study area and
a resource room staffed on a rotating basis by experts in advising,
counseling, employment, accessibility and military benefits. There
will also be veterans clubs events and student support services and
said she decided to attend WCTC because the staff was able to help
her with the transition.
transition is definitely different for everyone,” she said.
“Thank you everyone for supporting us veterans.”
Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, shared how his military experience
provided important training for his career.
high school, Allen volunteered for the United States Army Reserve.
During his six-year service he was promoted to sergeant and earned
the Wisconsin Reserve Military Achievement Award. “Transitions
cause anxiety,” he said. “The military prepares you for
Armed Forces Student Center at Waukesha County Technical
said when he went to college, he was worried about how he would do,
but he found the listening skills he developed during basic training
helped him a great deal.
funny thing with military service is often you get more out of it
than what you put in,” he said.
Technical College System
President Morna Foy said with the strong military presence in
Wisconsin, there is more emphasis on making the technical colleges a
“welcoming place for veterans to take a step toward their
Handle, a veteran of National Guard service in Afghanistan and
an accounting student at Waukesha County Technical College talks
with Sue Schroeder, a military benefits specialist, in the new
Armed Forces Student Center at WCTC.
the Wisconsin G.I. Bill was enacted, Foy said, there has been a
sharp increase in veterans enrolling at the technical colleges.
said the Armed Forces Student Center will make it easier to have
access to valuable resources.
has to be a whole college effort,” she said.