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Grant Helps Cayuga Community College Continue Veterans Services Workshops

AUBURN – Cayuga Community College will continue offering enhanced educational services for currently enrolled veterans and their dependents thanks to a grant from the Ambassador Trustee Carl Spielvogel Fund.

Cayuga is one of only 11 SUNY campuses to receive the grant funding, which is used for furthering career services, training and educational opportunities for enrolled veterans and their dependents. Projects supported by the funding at SUNY campuses include training programs for manufacturing, mechatronics, hydraulics and pneumatics and other areas of study.

At Cayuga the grant will support workshops helping veterans and their dependents who are enrolled at the College build support networks, discuss educational goals and identify on- and off-campus services that will help build stronger pathways to potential careers.

“We are thankful to be one of 11 SUNY campuses receiving a grant, and we are incredibly appreciative of the Ambassador Trustee Carl Spielvogel Fund’s efforts to support programming for veterans and their families,” said Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant. “We’re excited to offer these workshops discussing essential career services, and we urge any veteran or family member of a veteran to attend our future sessions.”

“We are proud to serve our veterans, and with the generosity of Ambassador Spielvogel, a dedicated patriot and staunch advocate for higher education, the U.S. Ambassador Trustee Carl Spielvogel Fund will help our campuses provide academic assistance and support to more people who have protected our country,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “My thanks to Ambassador Spielvogel and to all of our veteran students for their service.”

The Veterans Services Workshops at Cayuga are held monthly on the Auburn and Fulton campuses, and are open to enrolled veterans, their spouses and their dependents. The sessions can focus on support services, including career and educational opportunities, that are on- or off-campus.

While each session is built around a specific topic, they are also essential opportunities for veterans to support each other and their families, said Emily Cameron, Cayuga’s assistant director of Community Education and Workforce Development.

“Veterans and their families are a vital part of our campus community. While these monthly workshops discuss important educational opportunities or the career and training services Cayuga offers, it’s just as important that these sessions provide opportunities for attendees to connect with each other and to help them build a support network,” said Cameron.

The workshops are ongoing, and will continue through the spring. For more information on upcoming workshops, including a schedule, contact Cameron at 315-294-8527 or email her at [email protected]