At just 17 years old, fresh out of high school, Sam Manchester walked into a recruiting office in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Thirteen weeks later, when he turned 18, he became a Marine. Manchester enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 2010 with one dream in mind: “I wanted to help people.”
CCV students, staff, faculty, and members of the community filled the CCV-Winooski lobby on Wednesday afternoon for “Hogs & Dogs,” a Veterans Day appreciation event organized in honor of CCV’s veteran and military students and their families. The event was also an opportunity for local organizations to share the work they do in support of veterans.
Community College of Vermont (CCV) has been ranked among the top 25 Military Friendly® community colleges in the nation by Victory Media, an industry-leading rating group for institutions serving veteran and military students.
In one photograph, you see nothing but dense German forest; one shows oil fires in the desert; one reveals the wide and slow-moving Euphrates River. These images were taken by two men who have nearly 35 years of military service between them. In celebration of Veterans Day, CCV invited two Vermont veterans to share their stories.
As a seventeen-year-old student at Lamoille Valley Union High School, Morgan Langlois’ dream was to join the Navy. Today, she is an outreach specialist for Vermont Veterans Outreach.
Attending a big school doesn’t mean you give up the benefits of going to a small school, at least not for CCV-Springfield students.
“We put a lot of thinking into creating good community at CCV through activities and ways that students can connect,” said Deb Grant, an academic coordinator at the College’s Springfield academic center. “So we came up with this great idea to gather, campus-wide, and do a story sharing activity.”
Fall semester is coming to a close and we’re about to head into break. Despite this there was no slacking off at CCV with lots of great news tidbits occurring around the state.
Powerful stories have a way of surfacing in the the Janice Couture Community Room, and on Veterans Day 2015 that was indeed the case.
Veterans gathered in front of an audience of nearly 100 Monday evening at the Community College of Vermont’s Winooski center to tell their stories of combat and of their homecoming. The four panelists who chose to share their stories, Paul Hood, David Carlson, Chris Boutin, and Marie Milord, were participants in a writing workshop held over the summer known as Veterans Writing in Vermont, which was facilitated by former CCV Faculty Member Joe Ryan.
Morgan Langlois is one player in the effort CCV is making to provide veterans seeking higher education in Vermont with the support they need to make those transitions. Kyle Aines is another.