Clatsop Community College hosted a Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) for 30 military members who will soon be joining the civilian ranks at its main campus in Astoria on April 21-25, 2014. Participants received three college credits, making CCC the first college in the nation to award college credit for this educational program.
TAP is offered as part of the Service Member and Family Support program. It teaches participants about managing change, managing personal assets, accessing Veterans’ Benefits, exploring careers and occupations, searching for jobs, writing effective resumes, interviewing, evaluating job offers, and negotiating job offers.
The planning team for this event included individuals from the Oregon Employment Department (Patrick Preston, John Concepcion, and Phil Butcher), the Oregon National Guard Family Support Coordinator and Joint-TAP team (Don Weber and Pete Pringle), USCG Command Master Chief Brett VerHulst, David Sweeny, and Denise Feldbuse, Clatsop Community College (Lisa Nyberg and David Ramsey), and Clatsop Community Action’s Gary Barber. Local partners who provided presenters for the sessions included Pacific Northwest Works and Oregon State Vocational Rehabilitation office.
Clatsop Community College has been consistently recognized as a Military Friendly School, and seeks to engage veterans in higher education and career training. Programs at CCC are approved by the State Board of Higher Education State Approving Agency as qualified training for students eligible for VA educational benefits. For information regarding Veterans Services at CCC, call 503-338-2322.
For information regarding the TAP program at CCC, contact Donna Larson, 503-338-2442.