College Receives Grant for Military and Veteran Student Coordinator

From left to right, D. Jermaine Husser, executive director of Palmetto Warrior Connection; Godfrey Gibbison, dean of the School of Professional Studies; and President Glenn McConnell.

From left to right, D. Jermaine Husser, executive director of Palmetto Warrior Connection; Godfrey Gibbison, dean of the School of Professional Studies; and President Glenn McConnell.

A new grant from the Palmetto Warrior Connection will help support military veterans attending the College of Charleston.

The organization awarded a $24,900 grant to College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell at a presentation ceremony on June 12, 2015. The money is to be used to fund the position of Military and Veterans Student Services Coordinator at the College. The College will add an additional $15,000 to fund the position, McConnell announced at the ceremony.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant from the Palmetto Warrior Connection,” McConnell said. “The grant will help ensure our veteran students have access to the services they need on campus and in our community. It also aligns with our commitment to provide these honorable men and women who bravely served our country with opportunities to strengthen and better their futures.”

The new coordinator will help create individualized road maps for veterans pursuing an education at the College and assist with their transition from military to college life. The College currently serves 335 students using some form of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“A go-to person at that point will help a lot,” said Leon Brabham, a Navy veteran at the College who is pursuing a major in middle grades education with the goal becoming a history teacher.

 Appreciative of the direction College staff provided to him when he began taking classes, Brabham believes that a dedicated coordinator will similarly help many others during this time of transition. “From my experience, having someone in that position is wonderful.”