The new Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center is now open
Bristol Community College's Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center is located in a newly renovated suite, in room E103, in the Thomas A. Rogers, Jr Science Building (E building), at the BCC Fall River campus.
The larger, strategically designed center serves as a single point of contact for all BCC and Veterans’ Affairs (VA) materials, educational benefit certification, academic counseling, essential resources, opportunities for peer connections and assistance with job preparation and placement services, including veteran-specific job fairs and recruitment activities.
The Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center consists of a variety of spaces designed specifically for assisting student veterans, student study space, private counseling and group activities. The college’s student veterans have access to the center’s laptops to complete documentation, VA certification or academic assignments. The open social space can be utilized by student veterans as a place to study, relax and strengthen the sense of community among the college’s student veterans.
Bristol Community College is Military Friendly®
Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.
"Bristol Community College is dedicated to assisting Veterans in making the transition from military to civilian life. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make this transition a smooth one. Veteran-specific advising, career counseling and job placement as well as priority registration for Veterans are just some of the reasons Bristol is a welcoming place for Veterans coming home."
If you are a United States military veteran, the Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center provides you with academic counseling and educational benefit certification. To receive education benefits, you must be certified by one of our Veteran’s Certifying Officials. Your eligibility and benefit payments are based on the length and time of your service and the number of credits and length of the courses in which you are registered.
To be certified, submit all required documentation to the Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center. Your certification will be processed in a timely manner and sent electronically to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office in Buffalo, NY. They will then determine your eligibility. Please note, this usually takes 6-8 weeks.
When you apply for Financial Aid, keep in mind that any education benefits you receive must be reported on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. If you have specific questions please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST).
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Student Profiles - Tracy Cooley
Class of 2017 Valedictorian | Nursing | Veteran
Tracy Cooley, Class of 2017 Valedictorian, graduated Summa Cum Laude from BCC with a degree in nursing and is now a student in the UMass Dartmouth BSN program. She proudly served in the United States Army as a combat medic stationed in Germany.
It was during this time, supporting soldiers and their families, that she first became interested in helping others as a medical professional.