The Patrons, a volunteer group which is an arm of the Sierra College Foundation, invites the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization to attend their March meeting which will highlight the Sierra College Boots to Books Program focused on transitioning returning military personnel into college.
The program will be held on Monday, March 3 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Rocklin Campus in the Fireside Room located in the Campus Center (Building J). Lunch (which is optional) will be served at 12:30. The cost of the lunch is $11. RSVP is required. Please call Joan Edwards at 916-663-3408 by February 24.
The speaker for the afternoon meeting will be Catherine Morris who oversees the Boots to Books program. Morris is a 15 year military veteran who has served in the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. She has an M.S. in counseling and has been working with veterans for more than a decade at Sierra College.
Sierra College Boots to Books is a specialized course created to prepare student veterans for the transition to higher education. Boots to Books provides an overview of college terms, student practices, the transfer process, and degree/certificate requirements. Students are guided in the formation of an educational plan to increase their chance for success in reaching their educational goals. Additionally, information is provided on GI Bill benefits, financial aid, VA compensation/pension claims, combat stress injuries, and available resources to ease the transition back into civilian life. Most of all, the course recreates the sense of camaraderie service members are accustomed to, while assisting them in the achievement of their educational goals.
The Boots to Books program is just one of the services offered by the Sierra College Veterans Center which provides superior services and support for our nation’s warriors seeking educational opportunities. Through the SCVC, veterans receive hands-on assistance through learning communities and veteran-specific events. Sierra College Veterans Center hopes to inspire returning veterans to discover the next chapter in their lives, whether through upgrading skills in vocational and certificate programs or transitioning to a four-year university.
About the Sierra College Patrons
Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. A $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the arts which include Music, Art and Drama. In addition three small awards of $50 each recognize outstanding students competing in the student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments. Since its inception, Patrons have donated more that $260,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.