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Macomb College celebrates Veterans Day and launches special opportunity to expand resources for those who have served

– Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:00AM

New fund will double gifts to college’s Veteran and Military Services

In addition to honoring those who are serving or have served in the military with Veterans Day ceremonies at both its Center and South campuses, Macomb Community College will launch a special contribution opportunity on November 11 designed to expand resources and services for veterans and their families all year long.  

Through the Robinson Coleman Fund at the Macomb Community College Foundation, $15,000 has been allotted to match gifts on a 1:1 basis that are made by Dec. 31, 2015, to the college’s Veteran and Military Services. The funding will be used to grow the specialized resources vital to helping veterans successfully transition to civilian life and careers.  Currently, nearly 900 active-duty military, veterans and their family members attend Macomb.

“Every year, we set aside time on Veterans Day to honor those who have sacrificed and stepped up to safeguard our freedoms,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “Through the generous support of the Robinson Coleman Fund, we are able to amplify the power of the college’s and community’s commitment to foster a new level of services that not only recognizes the contributions of these extraordinary citizens,  but also invests in their efforts in building a strong future for themselves, their families and our community. ”

Macomb was granted the highest-level ranking in the new Veteran-Friendly school program established by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA).  The college was one of 28 schools to achieve top-level gold status out of the 57 ranked by MVAA.  The college has also maintained Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools designation throughout the six years of the program.  For more information about the college’s veteran services, go to www.macomb.edu/veterans.

To participate in the matching fund campaign, go to www.macomb.edu/give  and select “Veteran and Military Services” in the fund designation drop-down menu or call the foundation at 586.445.7302.  

Macomb will hold concurrent Veteran Day ceremonies at the college’s South Campus in Warren and Center Campus in Clinton Township beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 11.  Ceremonies are open to the public and both will feature Posting the Colors by the Macomb College Police Department, performance of the Star Spangled Banner by a Macomber (student who is a member of college’s show choir ensemble) and Pledge of Allegiance led by a member of the college’s Student Veterans Organization.  Additional details of each site:

  • South Campus: Welcome -- Dr.  James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College; featured speaker -- Col. Robert J. Brinkman, deputy executive director, U.S. Army Contracting  Command – Warren.   John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building), 14500 E. 12 Mile Road (corner of Hayes Road), Warren.

  • Center Campus: Welcome -- Dr. James Sawyer, provost and senior vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb; featured speaker – to be announced. Lorenzo Cultural Center (K Building), 44575 Garfield Road (corner of Hall Road), Clinton Township. 

Following the ceremonies on both campuses, the movie, American Sniper, will be screened.

About the Macomb Community College Foundation

Started in 1999, the Macomb Community College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that generates and manages private financial support for the educational purposes and objectives of the college. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan and nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Jeanne Nicol, 586.445.7204, nicolj@macomb.edu