As Chancellor of the National University System, which encompasses several institutions of higher learning, including John F. Kennedy University, National University, and City University of Seattle. I am always looking for new ways to support each individual university and the System as a whole. However, there is one goal that is invariably clear, and spans equally across all of our universities, and that is the goal of supporting student success in their pursuit of achieving education goals. I am proud that John F. Kennedy University continues to work hard to give students the tools they need to succeed.
I’d like to congratulate President Bean, Dr. Judy Castro, and the faculty and staff members who helped to make the July 20 opening of the Undergraduate Success Center Serving Hispanic and Underserved Students a great success. The project stems from a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and supports the ongoing academic success of Hispanic and underserved students through a range of services, including academic counseling, career counseling, and financial aid services. In an effort to meet students where they are, this center includes resources such as a library of laptops for individuals to use while working toward achieving their education goals.
We were honored to have many distinguished guests with us to celebrate the dedication of the Undergraduate Success Center, which is located at JFK University’s Pleasant Hill Campus. Among those guests were Pleasant Hill Mayor, Sue Noack, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. As the Vice Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, Assemblywoman Baker recognizes the importance of making quality education and resources accessible, and she was thrilled to be a part of this dedication.
JFK University has been working hard to provide resources to all of our students. Just prior to the Undergraduate Success Center dedication, JFKU also opened the VALOR Center to support our veteran student community. Over the next five years, a million active and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces are expected to leave military service and return to civilian life. The VALOR Center, which stands for Veterans Academic Ladder for Opportunity and Resilience, is the result of a $326,000 federal grant from the Department of Education. JFKU recognizes the power of education to help transform the lives of veterans in their career transition, and established this state-of-the-art center to support the achievement of lifelong learning.