Oct 2, 2014

U.S. Senator Jon Tester to Dedicate FVCC Veterans' Center

United States Senator for Montana Jon Tester, member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, will be at Flathead Valley Community College October 8 to dedicate the college’s Veterans’ Center.


Open to the public, the event will take place outdoors on the western side of the Learning Resource Center Building at 9:15 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Learning Resource Center Building, room 123A.


The event will feature remarks from Tester, FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D., college Veterans’ Affairs Specialist Sherry Taylor and student veterans Brandon Barthel, vice president of the FVCC Veterans’ Association, and Scott Brooke. Tester will perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the facility. The event will conclude with tours of the Veteran’s Center and complimentary cake and coffee.


The Veterans’ Center, located in Learning Resource Center Building, Room 111, opened last fall to assist FVCC student veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families on campus. The 560-square-foot facility serves as the central location for veterans to access resources and assistance regarding their VA benefits, college-related issue and civilian matters. It also serves as a place where veterans can study, take breaks and bond and network with fellow veterans.


The college also opened the Veterans’ Center to accommodate a large influx of veterans coming back from war. With the Post 911 G.I. Bill in effect, it is anticipated that the number of veterans enrolling in college is expected to increase substantially over the next years. Northwest Montana has the highest concentration of veterans in the state of Montana. Nationwide, Montana has the second highest concentration of veterans following Alaska.


The Veterans’ Center is equipped with a lounge, study tables, computer workstations, a kitchenette and privacy room. Taylor’s office is located in the center to provide support for the students. The center also welcomes Christina Ryan of the Kalispell Vet Center several times a month to meet with students who need assistance. The Veterans’ Center was funded by a $30,000 grant from the Montana Office of Commissioner of Higher Education to remodel the space, which formerly housed the college’s paramedicine program.


For more information, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912 or