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Veterans Day Is Time to Thank and Inform MCCC Vets


West Windsor, N.J. - It was a day to thank and support the nation’s veterans on Nov. 12, as the college donned red, white and blue decorations in honor of Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and invited MCCC students and staff who are military veterans to enjoy lunch at the student restaurant.

According to MCCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Paul Scheid, approximately 170 Mercer students are veterans. In service to this population, two retired Army Command Sergeant Majors, Art Maggs and Rich Burke, manned a display outside the Culinary Center to inform veterans about their educational and employment rights and benefits. The program, known as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), is designed to help veterans return to the jobs they had before deployments or find training and new jobs once they return.  The "Hero 2 Hired" website, www.H2H.jobs, includes information about job listings, job fairs, and skills acquired in the military that translate into civilian jobs.

Sean Smith, who served in the Air Force from 1989-99 as a radio operator, is a full-time student pursuing his degree in Computer Networking.  He says skills he learned in the military have helped him in his current path.  Erykah Jones, who served in the Army from 2001-05, worked in inventory stateside, supplying the troops with needed materials.  She continues to pursue a role in helping others as she completes her MCCC degree in Human Services.

MCCC administrative specialist Beth Knight served in the military more than 30 years ago, from 1974-79, and recalls it as a wonderful period in her life. The only female fighter plane mechanic among hundreds of male mechanics, she believes she forged new territory for women. Knight says the skills she gained in the military carried over to a successful civilian career with McDonell Douglas. She has worked at MCCC for 16 years.

Also returning to campus was Vietnam veteran Eugene Marsh, who has served on the MCCC Foundation Board for many years and graduated from MCCC in 2010. Owner of Construction Project Management Services Inc., based in Princeton, Marsh is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree at Rider University. 
Visiting the West Windsor campus on Veterans Day are Military Outreach volunteers Rich Burke, far left, and Arthur Maggs, Jr. They are pictured with: (back row) MCCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Paul Scheid, alumnus and Vietnam War veteran Eugene Marsh,veteran Beth Knight, Human Services student Erykah Jones, and vet Sean Smith. Joining them for lunch in the MCCC Culinary Center are President Patriciai C. Donohue, left, and Executive Dean Diane Campbell.
From left, MCCC's Paul Scheid, Art Maggs and Rich Burke provided information about vets' rights and benefits on Veterans Day.

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