Seventy years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the GI Bill of Rights, a sweeping new program that dramatically opened the doors of opportunity to returning veterans of World War II. After the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and in the years since 9/11, millions of service men and women have taken advantage of the GI Bill when buying a new home or paying for college.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, is honored and proud that countless veterans and their families have chosen HACC to pursue their dreams since the college was established 50 years ago. Today, more than 950 veterans and their family members are enrolled in classes at our five campuses and through online learning, making HACC second among all colleges in Pennsylvania serving veterans. There are many reasons those who have served in our armed forces choose HACC, but there is little doubt that no program makes higher education more accessible than the GI Bill.
As we honor those who have served our nation so admirably, let us remember that our commitment to their service continues long after they return home. At HACC, our military and veterans affairs office provides assistance and support to those who have served in the U.S. armed forces and their family members who are eligible for educational services. Each time another veteran decides to put their earned benefits to use with a higher education opportunity, we can thank those who had the foresight 70 years ago to make investments that transform lives.
At HACC, we see the many benefits that come from this program. We are honored to play a small role in carrying out the mission made possible by the GI Bill.
JOHN J. "SKI" SYGIELSKI
HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College