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  • Top Military Friendly Schools named by GI Job Magazine, 4 years in a row

    July 22, 2014

    Top Military Friendly Schools for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The list honors the top percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.

  • Military Advanced Education, Best of the Best

    July 22, 2014

    Military Advanced Education Magazine (MAE) has awarded CCC the designation of a Top Military-Friendly College in its 2014 and 2015 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. U.S. VETERANS Magazine Recently U.S Veteran Magazine, who does an independent study of Top Veteran-Friendly Schools In a study titled “Best of the Best 2014” listed CCC in the top 50 of all colleges and universities.

  • Best for Vets Ranked #1 for 2014 and 2015

    December 9, 2014

    RANKED #1 "BEST FOR VETS" Central Community College is ranked #1 two years in a row on the list of best two-year colleges as Best for Vets in the nation by Military Times.

Veterans and Military Resource Centers

Our Mission:  To provide Student Veterans, Service members, and their family with the resources, support and advocacy needed to be successful in the classroom and ultimately in life.  

  • Veterans Getting StartedWelcome to the Veterans & Military Resource Center at Central Community College serving Veterans and Military entering college for the first time or returning to college to further their education.  The office acts as a liaison with the Veterans Administration verifying enrollment for students claiming benefits under the VA Benefits, or the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  We can also assist you with the proper resources needed to be successful in education, career, and life goals.  Our team is dedicated on being a go-to resource for Veterans services state and nationwide. 

  • What is the Veterans Resource Center?

    VMRCphotoDedicated Place where Veteran Students and Service members with common backgrounds, experiences, and goals now have to call their own; where they can study, connect, and support each other.  

    Comfortable Furniture
    Quiet area to study
    Meet other Veteran and Military Students

    Library of Resources, through new partnerships students have access to key organizations to provide a true Veterans’ network.

    • Workshops that bring in professionals that provide tools and education to achieve education goals and improve their lives.
    • Vital
    • Vets4vets
    • Student Veteran association
    • Salute
    • Warrior Paper Project

    Command Center devoted to the implementation of new programs and services designed to serve our Veterans, Military, and Dependent students.

    • Assigning Academic Credit- Military service and Training
    • Students called to Active Duty- penalty free withdrawal
    • Designed and distribute Veteran student survey 
    • Training  college personnel to identify and understand veterans military student challenges
    • Veteran Tutoring program- Tutoring services available
    • Veterans only Courses
    • Appointed Veteran Student Staff - devotes time and effort to providing individual support, feedback, answers to questions and acts as an advocate for students and their families.   

    Travis KarrTravis Karr, College Director of Military and Veteran Services

    Travis served in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.  He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Bellevue University and a master’s degree in business management. He is a Certified Executive Coach. He currently serves as the director for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Grant and is director of Veteran and Military Services the Central Community College.

    He also serves as a board member for the Nebraska Brain Injury Association and is a member of the VA Hospital Veterans Advisory Board as well as the Nebraska Veterans Task Force, Central Nebraska Military Support Community and Student Veterans of America adviser. He continues to assist other colleges throughout Nebraska and other states in developing their Veteran and Military services and policies. Travis received the Spirit of Nebraska Award 2012 , for his efforts in educating, providing resources, and advocating for Veterans and Service members who sustain a brain injury or post-traumatic stress. 

    Location: Grand Island Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center, Room 444.
    Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Telephone: 308-398-7376   

    Sarah Woehl(1)Sarah Woehl, Outreach Coordinator: Columbus Campus

    Sarah is currently a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Reserve 728th QM Company out of Fremont, NE. This is her 13th year of service and she holds a position of Section Sergeant/Platoon Sergeant for a Petroleum Terminal Platoon. She is also a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Enduring Freedom serving in Iraq from 2004-2005.

    Sarah is an Alumni who has earned her Associates Degree in Nursing through Central Community College here in Columbus. She has also earned  a Business Technology Diploma, a Medical Transcription Certificate, and a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate at CCC as well.  

    She and her husband Ryan live outside of Columbus and have 3 boys together; Kyle, Sawyer, and Rowdy. She enjoys spending time together as a family. Her hobbies and interest include horseback riding, shooting, spending time with family and friends at her family lake, Husker football, and relaxing at home with her boys. 

    Sarah reports to Travis Karr, Director of Veterans & Military Services and will handle scheduling for Barb Shupe our Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL)  program.  

    Location: Columbus Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center
    Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
    Phone: 402-562-1436

    Casey LesherCasey Lesher, Administrative Assistant: Grand Island Campus

    Casey is a college graduate from Grand Island Central Community College with her Associates degree in Business Administration. She has worked with "Ambassadors in Mission" to help build and renew life in Jamaica for students and families. She is currently working on her business plan for a community and special events venue in Grand Island. She likes to spend time with her two year old daughter by going camping and four wheeling.  

    Location: Grand Island Campus. Veterans and Military Resource Center, Room 444
    Telephone: 402-460-2130

    CCC VA Education Benefits 
    Certifying Officials

    • RRyan

      Ronda Ryan
      (402) 562-1278 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 1278
    • LLuna
      Grand Island, Lexington and Kearney

      Liz Luna
      (308) 398-7413 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 7413
    • SPortenier
      Hastings and Holdrege 

      Sherri Portenier
      (402)461-2416 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 2416

    Our Commitment to Veterans

    As veterans ourselves, the VMRC staff understands the questions or concerns you may have. We provide support and guidance including:

    • Academic tutoring and advisement
    • Mentoring and counseling
    • Updates on issues, concerns, and legislation affecting student veterans and their families
    • Information about cultural and social events through the Student Veterans Association
    • Connection to Vets4Vets, a local veterans community service organization
    • Dedicated center  with laptops and iPads to check out along with a TV room and space for study


    Our Mission: To provide Student Veterans, Service members, and their family with the resources, support and advocacy needed to be successful in the classroom and ultimately in life.

    Start here to learn about basic admissions requirements for all students including transfer students and veterans. You will also find important dates for application, financial aid and other steps in the admissions process.

    The application and admission process for veterans is a bit more involved than for the typical student. The VMRC is eager to guide you, so you don't miss out on any opportunities specific to veterans. Before you apply, however, we encourage you to call, email or stop by our office.

    We will:

    • Walk you through the application process
    • Explain the GI Bill (benefits and requirements)
    • Guide and assist you and your family in applying for these benefits
    • Review additional benefits such as our deferred billing and book voucher program
    • Put you in contact with your academic program of interest
    • Connect you with CCC's admissions and financial aid offices

    New Student Checklist

    Contact Us

    Grand Island & Hastings - Travis Karr 308-398-7376
    Columbus - Sarah Woehl 402-562-1436

    Official correspondence is sent via your CCC student email account, so please be sure to check your account often. Important notices affecting your benefits that are time sensitive are often disregarded by students because they forget to check their email! 

    The Student Veterans Association is a student veterans’ organization dedicated to the pride, visibility and success of veterans. Central Community College has SVA chapters at its Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses.

    Learn More


    Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership is a results oriented collaboration between the Nebraska Western Iowa VA Health Care system and Central Community College.

    We strive to enhance academic retention and success. We understand the unique factors facing our veteran students. We are here to help.

    If you are a veteran or concerned about a veteran enrolled in a local college or university, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources. 

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    paper project 1Transforming camouflage uniforms, to works of art

    Papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms from service to create works of art. The uniforms are transformed, beaten into a pulp, and formed into paper to share photos or writings.  Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms and express their experiences with the military.

    Communicating your experiences; one uniform at a time….

    Learn More

    PurpleHeartParking_webCentral Community College stands by their Veterans by showing recognition for those who have sacrificed for this country. Purple Heart parking signs are posted on Hastings, Grand Island, and Columbus campuses. We are only one of few educational institutions in the nation to proudly show this commitment.  

  • Contact Us

    • Grand Island & Hastings
      Travis Karr
    • Columbus 
      Sarah Woehl 

    Greg SmithMessage to Veteran & Military Students
    Dr. Greg Smith, Central Community College President                                      

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