BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BridgeValley) was awarded an AmeriCorps member for 2020, enabling the continued position of a LifeBridge AmeriCorps member to assist in the Veterans Affairs Office in the fall 2020 term.
Tammy McClanahan is a veteran, an alumna of BridgeValley and is the LifeBridge AmeriCorps member. She has filled the role of LifeBridge AmeriCorps liaison to veteran and military affairs since Oct. 2018, and will continue through the 2020-21 academic year. In this role, McClanahan serves all veterans, active military members and dependents who attend BridgeValley.
“We were thrilled when BVCTC joined our AmeriCorps team,” said Robin Bowman, LifeBridge director. “Tammy is a veteran that serves her fellow veterans by assisting them in removing barriers that hinder them from reaching their higher education goals.
“She has served at BVCTC for two years now and has served over 80 veterans during those two years.”
LifeBridge AmeriCorps bridges gaps to improve the quality of life for West Virginia’s most vulnerable populations. Serving an average of 17,430 people a year, the program utilizes a diverse group of national service participants to build and strengthen West Virginia communities by addressing the most critical needs in the areas of education, financial literacy and veterans’ assistance.
McClanahan and other LifeBridge AmeriCorps members serve their community for 12 months and 1,700 hours a year. They are national service participants who are placed at schools and non-profits across the Mountain State. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance and receive an education award at the end of their term of service, allowing them to go on to higher education or pay education loans.
For more information about veteran and military services at BridgeValley CTC, visit bridgevalley.edu/veteran-military-services.