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FDTC dedicates veterans center for students and community

Florence Darlington Technical College dedicates new veterans center

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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Florence Darlington Technical College now has a brand new Veterans and Career Services Center. Wednesday, the college dedicated the center for certified veterans at the college with the community. It's also for spouses and dependents of area veterans to come and use.

It was an empty room just four months ago until Max Welch, the director of the center and retired veteran, transformed it into a center only for veterans.  Welch says he wants it to be a place they can call home. “The same thing these guys are going through, I feel their pain and know exactly what they are going through. So, they need some of that isolation so they can be around people they are used to being around, and that helps them with this curriculum process. If not, they have some difficulty transitioning into the school environment," said Welch.

Daniel Blue served in Afghanistan and takes classes at FDTC. He is now a work study student for the veterans center. He says, “Being that I retired from the military, I have insight they will be looking for in trying to take classes and programs we offer here at the college.”

Blue thinks a place where veterans can find out their student eligibility, sign up for VA services, and search for jobs should be the norm on all college campuses. He says, “I think they should even come here and look at us as an example and implement our programs into their schools.”

Blue, along with Welch especially want the center to be a place for veterans to search for jobs. There are career placement instructors that can help people personally find the right job. “No matter how long you served or how short you served, all of us veterans have some sort of camaraderie," said Blue.

The veterans center is open Monday thru Thursday 8:00a.m.- 5:30p.m. and 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. on Fridays. Director Welch hopes to have longer hours and open up on the weekends, once it’s fully staffed.

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