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  • Dedicated place where veteran students and service members with common backgrounds, experiences, and goals now have to call their own; where they can study, connect and support each other.

Veterans and Military Resource Centers

Our Mission:  To provide Student Veterans, Service members, and their family with the resources, support and advocacy needed to be successful in the classroom and ultimately in life.  

  • Welcome to the Veterans & Military Resource Center at Central Community College serving Veterans and Military entering college for the first time or returning to college to further their education.  The office acts as a liaison with the Veterans Administration verifying enrollment for students claiming benefits under the VA Benefits, or the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  We can also assist you with the proper resources needed to be successful in education, career, and life goals.  Our team is dedicated on being a go-to resource for Veterans services state and nationwide. 

  • What is the Veterans and Military Resource Center?

    Dedicated Place where Veteran Students and Service members with common backgrounds, experiences, and goals now have to call their own; where they can study, connect, and support each other.  

    Comfortable Furniture
    Quiet area to study
    Meet other Veteran and Military Students

    Library of Resources, through new partnerships students have access to key organizations to provide a true Veterans’ network.

    • Workshops that bring in professionals that provide tools and education to achieve education goals and improve their lives.
    • Vital
    • Vets4vets
    • Student Veteran association
    • Salute
    • Warrior Paper Project

    Command Center devoted to the implementation of new programs and services designed to serve our Veterans, Military, and Dependent students.

    • Assigning Academic Credit- Military service and Training
    • Students called to Active Duty- penalty free withdrawal
    • Designed and distribute Veteran student survey 
    • Training  college personnel to identify and understand veterans military student challenges
    • Veteran Tutoring program- Tutoring services available
    • Veterans only Courses
    • Appointed Veteran Student Staff - devotes time and effort to providing individual support, feedback, answers to questions and acts as an advocate for students and their families.   

    Travis KarrTravis Karr, College Director of Military and Veteran Services

    Travis served in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.  He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Bellevue University and a master’s degree in business management. He is a Certified Executive Coach. He currently serves as the director for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Grant and is director of Veteran and Military Services the Central Community College.

    He also serves as a board member for the Nebraska Brain Injury Association and is a member of the VA Hospital Veterans Advisory Board as well as the Nebraska Veterans Task Force, Central Nebraska Military Support Community and Student Veterans of America adviser. He continues to assist other colleges throughout Nebraska and other states in developing their Veteran and Military services and policies. Travis received the Spirit of Nebraska Award 2012 , for his efforts in educating, providing resources, and advocating for Veterans and Service members who sustain a brain injury or post-traumatic stress. 

    Location: Grand Island Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center, Room 444.
    Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Telephone: 308-398-7376   

    Sarah Woehl(1)Sarah Woehl, Outreach Coordinator: Columbus Campus

    Sarah is currently a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Reserve 728th QM Company out of Fremont, NE. This is her 13th year of service and she holds a position of Section Sergeant/Platoon Sergeant for a Petroleum Terminal Platoon. She is also a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Enduring Freedom serving in Iraq from 2004-2005.

    Sarah is an Alumni who has earned her Associates Degree in Nursing through Central Community College here in Columbus. She has also earned  a Business Technology Diploma, a Medical Transcription Certificate, and a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate at CCC as well.  

    She and her husband Ryan live outside of Columbus and have 3 boys together; Kyle, Sawyer, and Rowdy. She enjoys spending time together as a family. Her hobbies and interest include horseback riding, shooting, spending time with family and friends at her family lake, Husker football, and relaxing at home with her boys. 

    Sarah reports to Travis Karr, Director of Veterans & Military Services and will handle scheduling for Barb Shupe our Veterans Integration TAcademic Leadership (VITAL)  program.  

    Location: Columbus Campus, Veterans and Military Resource Center
    Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
    Phone: 402-562-1436

    Ashley AllenAshley Allen, Outreach Coordinator: Hastings Campus

    Ashley is a United States Army Veteran, she served 4 years as a Mental Health Care Specialist with the Army Meddac in Fort Stewart, Georgia from 2008-2012. During this time she worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health care settings. After her service obligation, she enrolled at Central Community College and earned her Associates of Applied Science in Human Services degree, along with obtaining her Psychiatric Technician Certificate. During her time here at CCC, Ashley was a Veterans Affairs Work Study in the Veterans and Military Resource Center, and served as the Vice President of the Student Veterans of America club on campus. After graduating from CCC, Ashley went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University.

    Ashley and her husband Anthony live in Hastings with their 2 girls, Tayla and Jane.  Ashley finds joy in raising and keeping up with her children, and spending time with her family.  She enjoys running, going to the movies, riding horses, camping, and traveling to warmer climates. 

    Location: Hastings Campus Veterans and Military Resource Center 
    Email: 402-460-2137

    • RRyan

      Ronda Ryan
      (402) 562-1278 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 1278
    • LLuna
      Grand Island, Lexington and Kearney

      Liz Luna
      (308) 398-7413 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 7413
    • SPortenier
      Hastings and Holdrege 

      Sherri Portenier
      (402)461-2416 OR (877) 222-0780 ext. 2416

    Our Commitment to Veterans

    As veterans ourselves, the VMRC staff understands the questions or concerns you may have. We provide support and guidance including:

    • Academic tutoring and advisement
    • Mentoring and counseling
    • Updates on issues, concerns, and legislation affecting student veterans and their families
    • Information about cultural and social events through the Student Veterans Association
    • Connection to Vets4Vets, a local veterans community service organization
    • Dedicated center  with laptops and iPads to check out along with a TV room and space for study


    Our Mission: To provide Student Veterans, Service members, and their family with the resources, support and advocacy needed to be successful in the classroom and ultimately in life.

    Start here to learn about basic admissions requirements for all students including transfer students and veterans. You will also find important dates for application, financial aid and other steps in the admissions process.

    The application and admission process for veterans is a bit more involved than for the typical student. The VMRC is eager to guide you, so you don't miss out on any opportunities specific to veterans. Before you apply, however, we encourage you to call, email or stop by our office.

    We will:

    • Walk you through the application process
    • Explain the GI Bill (benefits and requirements)
    • Guide and assist you and your family in applying for these benefits
    • Review additional benefits such as our deferred billing and book voucher program
    • Put you in contact with your academic program of interest
    • Connect you with CCC's admissions and financial aid offices

    Contact Us

    Grand Island & Hastings - Travis Karr 308-398-7376
    Columbus - Sarah Woehl 402-562-1436

    Official correspondence is sent via your CCC student email account, so please be sure to check your account often. Important notices affecting your benefits that are time sensitive are often disregarded by students because they forget to check their email! 

    The Student Veterans Association is a student veterans’ organization dedicated to the pride, visibility and success of veterans. Central Community College has SVA chapters at its Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses.

    Learn More


    Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership is a results oriented collaboration between the Nebraska Western Iowa VA Health Care system and Central Community College.

    We strive to enhance academic retention and success. We understand the unique factors facing our veteran students. We are here to help.

    If you are a veteran or concerned about a veteran enrolled in a local college or university, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources. 

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    paper project 1Transforming camouflage uniforms, to works of art

    Papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms from service to create works of art. The uniforms are transformed, beaten into a pulp, and formed into paper to share photos or writings.  Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms and express their experiences with the military.

    Communicating your experiences; one uniform at a time….

    Learn More

    PurpleHeartParking_webCentral Community College stands by their Veterans by showing recognition for those who have sacrificed for this country. Purple Heart parking signs are posted on Hastings, Grand Island, and Columbus campuses. We are only one of few educational institutions in the nation to proudly show this commitment.  

    The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides financial assistance to students currently serving in the national guard, reserves, or on Active Duty for voluntary education programs that support professional and personal self-development goals. FTA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning, and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.

    Nebraska State Tuition Assistance program is funded by the State of Nebraska  and is an educational benefit that provides 75% of Tuition up to in-state rate; Must exhaust FTA first. Enlisted personnel only, only to the Bachelor's level, Must agree to serve an additional 3 yr with NEARNG. Payment directly to school upon successful completion of course.

    Reservist Tuition Credit Program- Nebraska residents who are enlisted members of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve may be eligible for a 50% tuition credit to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. This program is allowed 200 new applicants each calendar year.

    Process for applying for Tuition Assistance

  • Contact Us

    • Grand Island
      Travis Karr
    • Hastings
      Ashley Allen
    • Columbus 
      Sarah Woehl 
    Dr_ Matt Gotschall

    Message to Veteran & Military Students
    Dr. Matt Gotschall, Central Community College President                                      

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