Grant Award Helps Veterans at RCC

JOSEPHINE/JACKSON COUNTIES, OR – The Rogue Community College (RCC) Veterans Services Department was recently awarded $33,260 from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA).

“Prior ODVA grant funds have helped RCC Veterans Services open two Veterans Resource Centers (VRC) on the Redwood and Table Rock campuses of RCC,” said Nikki Johnson, Director of Veterans Services. “This latest funding will be available for the 2022-2023 academic year and will support several important services for RCC students who are veterans from Josephine and Jackson counties.”

Grant funds will be used to purchase laptops, calculators and text books that can be loaned out to students.  In addition, funds will support Green Zone Military-Friendly trainings for faculty and staff, and industry tours for students of county businesses.  Funds may also support student academic supplies, VRC operational supplies and events or activities for RCC student veterans.  

Since 2018 the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) has designated grant funding to assist Oregon public universities and community colleges to develop Campus Veteran Resource Centers.

“RCC Veterans Services has applied for the VRC grant each year and is grateful to have received funding each year.  These grants allow our center to assist student veterans in making a smoother transition from military to campus life,” added Johnson.  

RCC’s Veterans Services program staff seeks to guide, mentor and advise student veterans as they navigate higher education, identify benefits and scholarship resources, select a career goal, complete college and move into a professional career. Dependents and spouses of veterans may also receive services.

The ODVA has awarded $600,000 in grant funding to 15 colleges and universities across the state to support student veterans for the 2022-23 year, with awards ranging from $11,000-$58,000.   

For further information on RCC’s veteran programs in Grants Pass and White City, please contact Nikki Johnson at 541-956-7109 or


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