Back Row, L to R: Matt Jackson, Retired Army, Kevin Carlson, VP of Bay West and CFO, Dr. Stella Hansen, Full-time Instructor, Chris Fries, Special Populations Manager, Jim Grider, SI Coordinator and Retired Army Seated, L to R: Laurie Spangenberg, Financial Aid Director and Certifying Official, Laura Moloney, Director of Student Services-Bay West, and Dr. Laura Coleman, Bay College President
Last May, four Bay West employees attended the Consortium Michigan Veteran Workshop. The biggest impact of the workshop was hearing how veterans at other colleges appreciated having a place to call their own, a space that offers peace, quiet and the ability to refocus on their educational responsibilities. They began working on establishing such a space locally, and on Tuesday, January 17, Bay College West held an Open House to celebrate the opening of a Veterans’ Lounge on their campus.
“We are excited about having our own Veterans’ Lounge,” stated a college spokesperson. “The room provides an area for our student veterans to congregate to share military, as well as academic experiences, and provide support for each other.” For more information on the lounge, please contact Laura Moloney, firstname.lastname@example.org