U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs meets with CCRI students
Feb. 21, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki met with Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College students attending college on the GI Bill during a special luncheon on Feb. 18, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
Shinseki was joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, state veterans’ affairs representatives and CCRI officials.
Shinseki said education is key for veterans to compete and succeed in the 21st century. He said students are a key to meeting President Obama’s challenge “to win the future for our country by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building our competition.”
CCRI and RIC are two of eight colleges nationwide which launched the pilot “VetSuccess On Campus” program. The program helps veterans attending college under the GI Bill make the most of their educational opportunities by addressing career and employment needs, academic and adjustment counseling, and support services.
There are 335 students at CCRI using benefits provided under the GI Bill.