Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Veterans and Community Leaders Celebrate EVVEC Grand Opening

TEMPE - February 1, 2011 - Rio Salado College hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe on Tuesday.

Speaking at the event, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante outlined the purpose of the center. “It is our intent to serve those who have served us,” Bustamante said. “This center was designed to welcome veterans and to provide easy access to the information that they need to use their educational benefits at the Maricopa Community College of their choice”

When former U.S. Representative Harry Mitchell spoke, he explained why the center was an important project.

“There is a very important reason why I pushed for this investment, and it goes beyond just honoring the service of our veterans,” Mitchell said. “I strongly believe that veterans -- because of their service and because of their maturity, leadership and technical skills -- can become our society’s most productive, innovative and successful members.”

The East Valley Veterans Education Center is open from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday – Friday and is located at 2055 S. Cottonwood Drive, Tempe (Just east of the Loop 101 on Broadway)