Local chamber of commerce supports MSJC veteran students

Photos courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto College
Dee Cozart, president of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce board, presents a check to Dr. John Colson, vice president of Student Services, to support Mt. San Jacinto College’s two Veterans Resource Centers.

■ Chronicle News Service

Mt. San Jacinto College received a generous donation from the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce Aug. 4 to support the MSJC Veterans Resource Centers (VRC).
Dee Cozart, president of chamber board, presented a check in the amount of $2,250 to Vice President of Student Services Dr. John Colson for the MSJC VRCs.
Three MSJC veteran students, Victoria Almeida, 25, of Perris; Aaron Goins, 29, of Lake Elsinore; and Cory Mathis, 27, of Sun City, participated in receiving this donation, along with Colson and VRC Coordinator Martina Moncada.

(Left to right) Mt. San Jacinto College students/military veterans Victoria Almeida, Cory Mathis and Aaron Goins applaud as the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce awards a donation to MSJC to support the college’s Veterans Resource Centers.

Mathis said it was an honor to know that the chamber supported him and other veteran students.
“This donation will allow us to continue our efforts to recruit veterans and their dependents,” said Mathis.
Colson acknowledged and thanked the student veterans for their service.
“We serviced more than 8,000 veterans through our VRCs and this donation will go a long way to continue this,” said Colson.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber decided to support the MSJC VRCs because they provide valuable services to local veteran students and the mission of the VRCs is in line with the goals of the annual Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Tournament, said chamber Chief Executive Officer Andy Anderson.
“Many of the golfers participating in the tournament were very excited to know that a portion of the proceeds from the event were being contributed to benefit MSJC veterans,” said Anderson.
MSJC is the only community college in California with two veteran resource centers, one on the Menifee Valley Campus and one on the San Jacinto Campus. This donation will help provide supplies and scholarships to students at both VRCs. The centers provide veteran students with a host of services that include an in-house dedicated counselor for veterans, a full-time dedicated school certifying official, VA student workers assisting employees who provide free veteran-to-veteran tutoring, free veteran-to-veteran college mentoring and free one-to-one GI Bill informational sessions.

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