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For Immediate Release: November 7, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

SCCC, Military Friendly Campus, Salutes Veterans with Special Program

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Schenectady County Community College honored veterans with a colors ceremony and guest speakers on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Schenectady County Community College. The Student Veterans Club and members of the College community gathered in the quad outside Elston Hall at 11 a.m. for a presentation of colors by members of the United States Army. During this presentation, which entails raising the United States flag on the main flagpole on campus, SCCC student Adam Flock, a Performing Arts: Music major, played Taps.

Remarks were made at 11:10 a.m. in the Lally Mohawk Room, Elston Hall, by Harry Buffardi, Marine Corps veteran, Assistant Professor and Adviser to the Student Veterans Club, and Noney Grier '12, Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in the Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Program at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Buffardi recently reflected on the connections that SCCC makes with student veterans. "I am very proud of how SCCC has shown support for our veterans," Buffardi said. "Four years ago we started the Veterans Club and the College began employing a Veteran Counselor to assist our student veterans. We acknowledge our student veterans as students with a great source of life experience and see them as leaders on our campus. This program is dedicated to all the men and women who have served our country with honor and dignity."

SCCC was recently named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Schenectady County Community College Office of Veterans Affairs actively assists veterans attending SCCC with benefits, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, work-study programs, applications processing, assistance in claims handling and referrals. The College also has a Student Veterans Association, an organization in which veterans network with one another and organize special events geared toward the interests of veterans.

Jason Bunn, a Culinary Arts major at SCCC and Navy veteran, works in the College's Veterans Affairs Office and helped organize this week's event.

"It's important that we acknowledge all that veterans have done for this country," Jason said. "I'm proud to be a veteran and I'm proud of the work we're doing at SCCC for my fellow vets."

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One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit www.sunysccc.edu.

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