Maricopa Community Colleges has a long history of providing education and training to veterans and those on active duty who seek to gain new skills, enhance existing skills, and translate skills learned in the military in the civilian world. The Veterans Success Project is a way for Maricopa Community Colleges to respond to the challenges Arizona’s veterans face as they transition from the military to civilian life. The project, initiated in July 2015, includes several projects that will increase the services offered to veterans and spouses.
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation undertook a $14 million fundraising campaign to support this effort. To date, more than $1 million in pledges and gifts have been raised. The first project initiated was the opening of the Military and Veteran Success Center - West Valley, on November 9, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base. The Center is the nation’s first community supported, case-managed, holistic support center for transitioning military, veterans, and dependents. The Foundation’s efforts included obtaining contributions from every municipality in the West Valley, including corporate and individual support.
- Expansion of East Valley Veterans Center and establishment of a new West Valley Veterans Center to provide satellite support services to veterans, active duty Guard, Reserve, and their families.
- Develop Transition Assistance Program (MCCTAP) to help veterans transition into Maricopa Community Colleges and link veterans to critical community-based support services
- Create a center for curriculum evaluation and transfer model for military credits, and among other things, military courses to be checked against courses and skills at Arizona’s colleges and universities
- Develop and provide corporate and community training on veterans in the workplace.
- Train faculty and staff to raise awareness about veteran issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury