|Chancellor Cindy Miles, Rep. Susan Davis, Grossmont |
College President Sunny Cooke, and Board President
Bill Garrett at Grossmont's Griffin Center
“Every need I have ever had as a student veteran has been provided by the college, either through the Veterans Resource Center or the Veterans Services office,” said Darron DeVillez, 53, an honor student and president of the college’s Student Veterans Organization. “The help I got here really calmed my anxiety level as a veteran with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). I am living a dream. I can’t believe all the wonderful things that have happened since I came here.”
With the passage last November of Proposition V, the college district’s $398 million bond measure, an expanded Veterans Resource Center is planned to better serve the college’s veteran and military students.
During Davis’ visit, college and district leaders urged the congresswoman to give a high priority to protecting federal spending for education in the face of sequestration-mandated budget cuts. Miles told Davis about the critical need to support federal expenditures like the dollars that help support the district’s 5,600 Pell Grant recipients.
Davis described Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges as crucial to the well-being of the East County region.
“It’s here that all things begin,” she said. “I would encourage continuing support to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.”