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Watertown Vet Center Awarded 2016 Jefferson Citation

The Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees and college president Carole A. McCoy have named the Watertown Vet Center as recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Citation.  The Citation will be presented to the Watertown Vet Center at the College’s fifty-second spring commencement exercises on May 20, 2016.

The Jefferson Citation was established by the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees to “recognize an individual or organization whose leadership and actions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to education and the vision and mission of Jefferson Community College.”    

The Watertown Vet Center was established to provide a continuum of high-quality, caring services free of charge to veterans and families in our surrounding civilian community.  Through collaboration with the Watertown Vet Center, Jefferson Community College is able to bring diverse service offerings to Jefferson Community College veteran students and family members that provide support and mitigate barriers to degree completion.  

The Watertown Vet Center is on campus each week helping veteran students in a variety of ways.  Staff facilitate weekly group sessions and individualized counseling, coaching veteran students with the transition from active duty to college life and helping to overcome challenges.  The Vet Center’s guidance is instrumental helping the College aid veteran students by proactively offering training to Jefferson faculty and staff to further understanding of veterans-related concerns, such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

The Watertown Vet Center actively participates in many campus outreach events such as Out of the Darkness Walk (suicide prevention awareness), Take Back the Night (sexual violence awareness), Wellness Wednesdays, the Assistive Technology Fair and others that veteran students attend. The Mobile Vet Center is also available on campus as a precautionary measure during PTSD-awareness events and fire/emergency drills.  

“The veteran population at Jefferson Community College is fortunate to have the on campus presence and outreach efforts of the Watertown Vet Center,” said James P. Scordo, chair of the JCC Board of Trustees.  “The Watertown Vet Center’s commitment to our veteran community and to the College as a partner and provider of educational and counseling opportunities truly embodies the spirit of the Jefferson Citation.”

Previous distinguished recipients of the Jefferson Citation include John B. Johnson in 2000, Donald J. “Dutch” Grant in 2001, James W. Wright in 2002, the Car-Freshner Corporation in 2003, T. Urling and Mabel B. Walker in 2005, Aline C.J. Taylor in 2006, John W. Deans in 2007, Warren G. Fargo in 2009, Sylvia S. Heap in 2010, the College’s Founding Board of Trustees in 2011, Stephen H. Can in 2013 and Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) in 2014.