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OCTC to celebrate Veterans Day virtually

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OWENSBORO, Ky. — Veterans and active military personnel now can easily find information about taking classes or obtaining support services at any of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. A new section of the KCTCS website provides information about admissions, VA benefits, credit for military training and resources for prospective student veterans. The new section also directs individuals to qualified veterans’ services staff at their local colleges for one-on-one assistance, the representative for Owensboro Community & Technical College is John Bristow, Success Coach & VA School Certifying Official. Bristow is also a veteran, of the United States Navy (1993 – 2017), ISC (SW/AW).

“KCTCS is committed to connecting military service members, veterans and their families with the services and resources they need,” KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams said. “These individuals are great role models and mentors for other students and bring a wealth of experiences. We welcome them to our colleges.”

An admissions checklist also is included in the section. This process clearly identifies the steps prospective students should take to get enrolled. Additionally, KCTCS is the state’s largest provider of online classes so active military personnel can take classes from anywhere in the world.

“This is a great addition to the website and will provide veterans with direct access to the person they need at each college,” said OCTC President Dr. Scott Williams.

Bristow is coordinating OCTC’s virtual celebration for Veteran’s Day at 1 p.m. CST Wednesday, Nov. 11, on Facebook Live to coordinate with a National Roll Call initiative. The National Roll Call project is a nation-wide grassroots effort to make Veterans Day on every campus a special time of appreciation and reflection. The 2020 National Roll Call honors those who have served and are serving, as well as the fallen. In addition to a moment of silence, Bristow will pay homage to the Civil War Troops, 108th Regiment, US Colored Infantry.

“During this time of social unrest we felt it was significant to honor the men from the Civil War as a reminder of their longstanding significant contributions” commented Bristow. The event can be accessed at the official OCTC Facebook page, at

For more information on what OCTC offers veterans and active duty service members, visit the website or contact John Bristow at [email protected] or call 270-852-8165.

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