CENTRAL, S.C. (courtesy swu.edu) — Through grant funding recently received from U.S. Department of Education’s Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program, Southern Wesleyan University has established the Warriors Courage, Academic Success, Respect, and Empowerment (CARE) Center. The center serves the purpose of addressing veteran students’ academic, financial, physical, and social needs. Opened in January, the center is located in the newly renovated Stuart-Bennett Hall.
Geoffrey Webb, a SWU student who will be utilizing the center, says, “I am excited for the center to open because it gives all veteran students a place to study in peace. I like knowing this is a place where we can have tutoring or just stop by in between classes.” The Warriors CARE Center Coordinator, Donna Pittman, wanted to reach any student veteran or military dependent (on-campus or online). Her mission for the center is C (courage) A (academic success) R (respect) E (empowerment). There is also a student lounge and training/conference room accessible. Pittman adds, “When it comes to our military affiliated students my philosophy is simply this – you have cared for us, now let us care for you.”
“If there’s something missing, we want to hear it — and not just about the space but the services we offer here as well,” says Dr. April White-Pugh, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. White-Pugh applied for the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program grant that made the renovations and veteran services programs possible.
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