The West Valley Success Project Advisory Committee has begun to identify potential locations for a new center to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life. Modeled after the success of the East Valley Veterans Center in Tempe, the committee, comprised of educators, business leaders and elected officials, met on Tuesday, March 29 to review locations and discuss Phase I and II of the center’s development.
Sponsored by the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College President Dr. Chris Bustamante is leading the efforts to bring an array of services to a regional hub in the West Valley. The conversation reflected a preference by the committee members to start-up operations as soon as possible. The members discussed the possibility of starting at a smaller facility and moving to a larger facility as demand and services expand in the near future.
Steve Yamamori, Vice President of Veterans Initiatives for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, commented, “We are seeking feedback from the committee on locations. The next step is a review of a report by the executive committee. Our goal is to announce a location by late June 2016.”