St. Clair County Community College’s Veteran Services Coordinator Dawn Hestand provides assistance navigating the federal and state programs used by SC4’s Veteran and active-duty students.
Dawn Hestand can be reached at (810) 989-5643 or email@example.com. Her office is located in Welcome Center, Room 105.
All student veterans or active-duty personnel attending SC4 will need to request a Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation. Students who have served in the Air Force or Air National Guard will need to request their military transcript from the Air University (Air Force and Air National Guard will be required to pay postage).
SC4 offers priority registration to student veterans, active-duty military personnel, and qualified dependents (i.e. students using transfer of eligibility chapter 33 benefits or chapter 35 benefits). Students must have satisfactory academic standing and meet with Dawn Hestand in-person, via phone or via MS Teams to qualify. An email providing priority registration instructions is sent to qualified students’ school email accounts before the priority window opens.
Each semester that a student veteran, a qualified dependent, or a Tuition Assistance student registers for classes with the intention of using military education benefits for tuition payment, the Office of Veterans Services Class Certification Request form must be submitted. This form is the only way that the Veterans Services office knows that a student veteran, a qualified dependent, or an active duty student wishes to use their VA or TA benefits.
If a veteran, a qualified dependent, or a Tuition Assistance student is pursuing a dual program, the Office of Veterans Services Request for Multiple Programs form must be submitted with the class certification request form.
State of Michigan benefits
Resources for Veterans
Apply for educational benefits at VA.gov.
SC4 offers an on-campus health clinic operated by the St. Clair County Health Department. Located in Room 211 of the Main Building, clients can be seen by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Call (810) 989-5846 for hours of service.
Mental health support
Veterans Crisis Line
- Dial 9-8-8 and press 1
- Text message to 838255
- Online chat at veteranscrisisline.net/chat
Women Veterans Hotline
- Call (855) 829-6636, which connects to the Center for Women Vets
- Visit their website by clicking the link for the Center for Women Vets.
State and local Veterans agencies
- Connect with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for veteran-related news, information on veteran services and resources in Michigan. Learn more at michiganveterans.com.
- The St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs website provides information about veteran benefits for veterans residing in St. Clair County. The office can be reached at 810-989-6945. Always leave a message; they will call back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus resources for SC4 student veterans
- Anne McPherson, MS
Coordinator of Academic Success and Disability Resources
Located in the Achievement Center, appointments can be made online.
- Brenda Rinke, MA
Director of Academic Support
Helps create student academic plans to assist in managing a student’s hectic schedule. The Achievement Center provides tools and resources for student success. Appointments can be made by walking in and scheduling an appointment.
- David Goetze, MA, LLP, NCP
Director of Behavioral Intervention, Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are able to meet with one of the professional staff members that are part of the Student Wellness team. The Student Wellness staff members are able to address student veterans’ needs.
- Josephine Cassar, MBA
Director of Financial Assistance and Services
Administers local, state, and federal aid programs and is available to assist student veterans with funding-related questions.
- Dawn Hestand, BBA
Veteran Services Coordinator
Assists with veteran educational benefits, ordering JSTs, advises on program/course enrollment, and helps match up student veterans with local and state services.
PL 115-251 compliance:
Any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness & Employment), or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of Title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending St. Clair County Community College will be charged in-State tuition (regardless of his/her formal state of residence or number of years removed from service).
PL 117-68 compliance:
Any individual using educational assistance under Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending St. Clair County Community College will be charged in-state tuition (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e) compliance:
St. Clair County Community College complies with Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e) under which covered individuals (i.e. any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Veteran Readiness & Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits) can attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapters 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” also can include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for Chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
- The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution.
- 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
St. Clair County Community College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, or any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding from VA under Chapters 31 or 33.
Covered individuals wanting to use their educational benefits at St. Clair County Community College are required to submit to the School Certifying Officer (SCO) a completed and signed Request for Certification Form (available via the link provided and at the Veterans Services Office in the Welcome Center building). Additionally, covered individuals may be required to provide additional information as necessary to properly certify enrollment.
Additional compliance relating to Section 1018 of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-315):
Prior to initial enrollment, prospective covered individuals (i.e. those using benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of Title 38, U.S.C., or Chapters 1606/1607 of Title 10) will receive a personalized document containing details relevant to making an informed education decision. Contact Dawn Hestand, Veteran Services Coordinator, for details.
St. Clair County Community College (SC4) is committed to working with individual military-connected students who must temporarily suspend studies due to service requirements. Military-connected students who are called to service should contact the Veteran Services Coordinator at SC4 as soon as possible upon receiving orders.
Upon providing orders to the Veteran Services Coordinator, the Coordinator will work with the student’s instructors on a plan for continued studies as appropriate to the length of service requirement. Depending on the timing of the orders, options may include Incomplete grades, independent study, or legal drops.