• Veterans & Military Resource Center

    Provides student veterans, service members and their families with the resources, support and advocacy they need to be successful in the classroom and, ultimately, in life.

Veterans & Military Resource Center

Welcome to the Veterans and Military Resource Center at Central Community College. We serve veterans and military service members entering college for the first time or returning to college to further their education. The center acts as a liaison with the Veterans Administration to verify enrollment for students claiming benefits under VA Benefits or the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. We can also assist you with the proper resources needed to be successful in your education, career and life goals.

What is the VMRC?

What is the Veterans and Military Resource Center?

It’s a dedicated place that veteran students and service members with common backgrounds, experiences, and goals can call their own, a place where they can study, connect and support each other. 

It’s a library of resources that gives students access to a true veterans’ network that also includes workshops, VITAL, Vets4Vets, Student Veteran Association, Salute, and Warrior Paper Project.

It’s a command center devoted to the implementation of new programs and services designed to serve our veterans, military and dependent students, including:

  • Academic credit for military service and training
  • Penalty-free withdrawal for students called to active duty
  • Training college personnel to identify and understand the challenges veteran and military students face
  • Tutoring services
  • Veterans-only courses
  • Appointed staff who devote time and effort to providing individual support, giving feedback, answering questions and advocating for students and their families 
Veterans Message from the College President

Matt Gotschall, Central Community College PresidentI am proud and honored to welcome you to Central Community College as you continue your education, training and leadership development. As a child of a military veteran, I appreciate the enormous sacrifice, dedication and service you have shown to date. Our dedicated faculty, staff and administrators stand ready to serve you and guide you to reaching your next goal or to even help you determine that goal through compassionate veteran support staff.

As veterans or family members, I ask you to continue providing a strong example of leadership and role-modeling positive behavior in and out of the classroom for our non-veteran students. They have much to learn from you and will be better citizens as a result of your interactions.

CCC is not just a place for taking a class or earning a degree, it is a place where lifetime friendships and connections are made and where we want to become a familiar resource for you throughout your life.

 

Sincerely,

Matt Gotschall, PhD
College President
president@cccneb.edu

Meet our staff

Travis Karr, veterans and military services director

Travis Karr profile pictureTravis served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a sergeant and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bellevue University and a master’s degree in business management.

He is a Certified Executive Coach who also is a member of the Nebraska Brain Injury Association Board, VA Hospital Veterans Advisory Board, Nebraska Veterans Task Force and Central Nebraska Military Support Community and an advisor for Student Veterans of America. He continues to assist other colleges in Nebraska and other states in developing their veteran and military services and policies. Travis received the 2010 Spirit of Nebraska Award 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.
Email: tkarr@cccneb.edu 
Phone: 308-398-7376   

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Sarah Woehl, outreach coordinator: Columbus Campus

Sarah is a Sergeant First Class with the US Army Reserve 728th QM Company in Fremont Nebraska. This is her 16 year of service and she holds the position of Section Sergeant/Platoon Sergeant for a terminal petroleum platoon. She is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in Iraq from 2004-2005.

Sarah is a Central Community College- Columbus graduate with an associate’s degree in applied science. She has also earned a business technology diploma, medical transcription certificate and certified nursing assistant certificate from CCC.

She and her husband Ryan live outside of Octavia on a family farm with their three boys; Kyle, Sawyer and Rowdy. Her hobbies include caring for her three horses, target practicing, Husker football, swimming and fishing at her family lake and trying to relax while enjoying her kids!

Location: Columbus Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center, West Ed 208
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
Email: sarahwoehl@cccneb.edu
Phone: 402-562-1436

Ashley Allen, outreach coordinator: Hastings Campus

Ashley Allen profile pictureAshley is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a mental health care specialist with the Army MEDDAC in Fort Stewart, Ga., from 2008 to 2012. During this time, she worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health care settings. After her service obligation, she enrolled at Central Community College and earned an associate of applied science degree in human services along with a psychiatric technician certificate. During her time as a student at CCC, she was a veterans affairs work-study in the Veterans and Military Resource Center and served as vice president of the Hastings Campus’ Student Veterans of America chapter. After graduating from CCC, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Bellevue University.

Ashley and her husband, Anthony, live in Hastings with their two girls: Tayla and Jane. Ashley finds joy in raising and keeping up with her children and spending time with her family. She enjoys running, going to the movies, riding horses, camping and traveling to warmer climates.

Location: Hastings Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center 
Email:  ashleyallen@cccneb.edu
Phone: 402-460-2137

Jessica Hammers, administrative assistant: Grand Island Campus

Jessica is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Originally from Grand Island, she is married to Jeremy, and they have a daughter, Camryn Elizabeth. They have two dogs, Cash and Chloe, that they love spending time with. Jessica enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors. As a military spouse, she is excited to connect with the students in the VMRC and looks forward to being a valuable part of the college.

Jessica will handle scheduling for our Veterans Integration TAcademic Leadership (VITAL) program.

Location: Grand Island Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center
Email: jessicahammers@cccneb.edu 
Phone: 308-398-7811

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Columbus
Ronda Ryan
402-562-1278
1-877-222-0780, ext. 1278
rryan@cccneb.edu 

 Liz Luna profile picture

Grand Island, Lexington and Kearney
Liz Luna
308-398-7413
1-877-222-0780, ext. 7413
lluna@cccneb.edu

 Sherri Portenier profile picture

Hastings and Holdrege
Sherri Portenier
402-461-2416
1-877-222-0780, ext. 2416
sportenier@cccneb.edu

Commitment

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 community service organization
  • A dedicated center with laptops and iPads to check out along with a TV room and space for studying
Getting Started

Start here to learn about basic admissions requirements for all students. 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 typical students. The VMRC is eager to guide you so that 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, including 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

Contact Us

Grand Island and Hastings
Travis Karr
308-398-7376
tkarr@cccneb.edu

Columbus
Sarah Woehl
402-562-1436
sarawoehl@cccneb.edu 

Official correspondence is sent to 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!

Student Veterans Association

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

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VITAL - Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership logoVITAL is a collaboration between the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and Central Community College. We understand the unique factors facing our veteran students and strive to enhance academic retention and success. We are here to help.

If you are a veteran or someone 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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Warrior Paper Project

Transforming camouflage uniforms into works of art

Artwork created from uniforms.During these papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms to create works of art. The uniforms are beaten into a pulp, and formed into paper for photos or writing. 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 …

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Purple Heart Recipient Parking

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

Federal and State Tuition Assistance Programs

The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides financial assistance to students currently serving in the national guard, reserves, or on active duty for voluntary education programs that support professional and personal self-development goals. FTA is available for courses offered in the classroom or by distance learning and are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.

The Nebraska State Tuition Assistance program is funded by the state and is an educational benefit that provides 75 percent of the in-state tuition rate. The program goes to the bachelor’s degree level and is open to enlisted personnel only. They must have exhausted FTA first and must agree to serve an additional three years with NEARNG. Payment is made directly to the school upon successful completion of course.

The Reservist Tuition Credit Program is for Nebraska residents who are enlisted members of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve. They may be eligible for a 50 percent tuition credit to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. This program is allowed 200 new applicants each calendar year.

Process for applying for Tuition Assistance

Veterans and Military Graduation

Sign up for your red, white and-blue honor cords

Veterans and Military Graduation Cord

As a symbolic initiative honoring our CCC graduating veteran and military students, red, white and blue honor cords will be made available to any graduating veteran student interested in wearing one during commencement. These cords signify CCC’s appreciation toward our military and veteran students for their service and sacrifice. Click the appropriate button below to sign up.

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SALUTE Honor Society 

SALUTE is national academic honor society recognizing student veterans and military personnel who have demonstrated outstanding performance in the academic setting. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to acknowledge and recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.

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Contact Us

Grand Island
Travis Karr
308-398-7376 
tkarr@cccneb.edu 

Hastings
Ashley Allen
402-460-2137
ashleyallen@cccneb.edu 

Columbus
Sarah Woehl
402-562-1436
sarahwoehl@cccneb.edu