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DelBene Praises Investment in Local Veteran Students

The Administration awarded grant funds to a Kirkland college to better serve veteran students.

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Washington, DC, September 11, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today congratulated Lake Washington Institute of Technology for receiving a significant grant to help veterans succeed in the classroom.

“Today, too many veterans in our region are still struggling to find jobs,” DelBene said. “Lake Washington Institute of Technology currently provides veteran students with important financial aid guidance, tuition waivers and counseling. This grant will allow the college to expand these services and help veterans better navigate their college experience to prepare for the 21st century workforce.”

The Department of Education issued a $367,000 grant under the Centers for Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) program to Washington First District’s Lake Washington Institute of Technology, which estimates these funds will help support more than 600 veteran students during the next three years.

“Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is honored to receive this important grant and we appreciate Congresswoman DelBene’s continued support for the College and for veterans,” said LWTech President Dr. Amy Morrison Goings. “By establishing a CEVSS, this will allow us to provide wrap-around support services to ensure veteran students receive the support they need to succeed academically. LWTech will leverage its robust offerings in advanced manufacturing, partnerships with nearby high-tech employers, and proximity to military bases (two within a 50-mile radius), to develop clear pathways for veterans transitioning from military service into the workforce. We look forward to Congresswoman DelBene visiting campus when the new CEVSS opens.”

DelBene wrote a letter of support to Education Secretary Arne Duncan on behalf of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Earlier this year, DelBene also introduced legislation that would establish a pilot program to expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry by boosting training for those re-entering the civilian workforce.

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