Centralia College is proud to introduce its new VetCorps Navigator Heidi Palmer. Heidi comes from a military family, and served in the Army from 2003 until she was honorably discharged as an E4 Specialist in 2010. She was stationed at Ft. Lewis and then was transferred to Afghanistan in 2009, serving as a prison guard at both locations.
Utilizing her veteran benefits, Heidi attended Centralia College from 2013 to 2016, earning an Associates in Technical Arts in Medical Administrative Assistant degree. With more than a 100 veterans on campus, she hopes that her experience as a college student will help other veterans transition smoothly from service to become successful veteran students.
“I’ve already navigated the college system,” Heidi explained. “Maybe my experience can make the transition for another vet a little bit easier. It can be difficult for veterans to ask for help, we’re taught to figure out obstacles on our own. It’s a big transition, and I want to make it as easy for them as possible.”
VetCorps is a program of AmeriCorps that funds a navigator for a one-year term on or near community college campuses. The goal is to help veterans in areas where they need additional support. In her role, Heidi helps student veterans navigate campus life from registration to educational planning, including how to apply credits earned in the military to degrees at Centralia College. She also connects vets with resources such as Veterans Affairs benefits and Department of Defense tuition programs, as well as assistance for housing, transportation and medical assistance.
For more information about the Centralia College Veterans Center, or if you are a veteran interested in attending college, contact Heidi Palmer at 360-736-9391 ext. 276, or by email at email@example.com.