- Location: GCC Main Building, North End, Room 215
- Hours: Monday – Thursday 7am-8pm and Friday 7am-5pm
- Phone: 413-775-1882 or 413-775-1883
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The GCC Channing & Marie Bete Veterans Center VETS is the central hub for our veterans programming on campus. The VETS Center is conveniently located in the Main Campus building in the North End Room 215. The space provides a safe haven for veterans and the family members and friends of veterans.
The atmosphere gives a “mini-USO feel,” and the center and offers a wide array of services to our student veterans and their allies.
One of the biggest issues facing combat veterans is social isolation. Many of these combat veterans have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, especially adjusting to college. We have over 200 veterans on campus, most have just recently returned from Iraq (OIF) or Afghanistan (OEF).
The Veterans Center provides a relaxing place for students to meet, study, access computers, watch TV, listen to music, have some coffee, enjoy peer to peer support, get involved with the Veterans Network (VetNet) student club, have meetings, workshops, meet with veterans service organizations, or just have a place to sit down and have lunch.
The VETS Center opened in September 2011 and was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the GCC Student Veterans Network Organization (VetNet), GCC administration, staff and community partnerships.
The idea was conceived by the members of VetNet and supported through the research, literature and best practices of college campus veterans’ centers across the country.
The GCC VETS Center is something for our community to be proud of! Everyone is welcome! Stop by anytime to relax and meet some of the brave men and women who have served our great nation.
The VETS Center is just one way that GCC stands ready to help those who have served transition back to civilian life and into our classrooms.