MHCC Honors Veterans in November – and Every Month

American FlagMt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will observe Veterans Day with several events this month.

Friday, Nov. 8

The Gresham Campus bookstore coffee bar will offer free 12-oz. lattes and mochas (and a surprise gift) to all MHCC veterans and active duty personnel 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. This includes the entire MHCC community of students, faculty, staff and guests. Veterans will be asked to join a friendly rivalry among the different military branches by placing a tally on a poster next to the branch of the service in which they served. In addition, veterans will be invited to write comments in a notebook and others will be asked to write messages of appreciation for those who have served our country.
A few of the comments the bookstore has collected in the past three years:

  • “I am so grateful to those who lay down their lives, so we can enjoy ours. Thank you!”
  • “I am proud of my service to my country and fellow citizens and proud to be part of an organization that took the time to recognize us. Thanks. Go Army and Go MHCC!”
  • “Thank you all who served our country. You are all loved and we can’t thank you enough!”
  • “To all who haven’t served, you’re welcome. To all my brothers and sisters that have and who are continuing to serve, thank you! Semper Fi!”
  • “Thank you to every veteran and every active duty service member. You have sacrificed to serve your country; you keep us safe and strong.”

The bookstore will display a “thank you” poster by the coffee bar with flags from each of the military branches.

Monday, Nov. 11

All MHCC campuses will be closed in honor of the Veterans Day holiday.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

A Veterans Career and Benefit Fair will be held 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Vista Dining Center. Veterans will receive information and guidance on how to start, re-start or complete college so they can get to that next step in their lives. “Hiring veterans is not just about giving back to those who have served our country, it’s a smart business decision,” says Joshua Ray, Veteran Services coordinator. “Veterans have the skills and attributes that employers are looking for and a variety of programs are available to job-train veterans to meet the needs of business and industry. It’s definitely a win-win.”

Date to be Announced

Associated Students Government (ASG) is planning a celebratory dinner, details to come.

Military Friendly School

MHCC has been awarded the 2014 Military Friendly School® designation. The designation honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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