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WVC Veteran Students Get Boost With Grant From Campbell Rotary

West Valley College’s veteran students soon will have access to more technology support services to further enhance their academic success, thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Campbell.

With the $2,400 grant, WVC’s Daniel E. Furtado Veterans Resource Center will purchase “Live Scribe” pens and scientific calculators that veteran students may check out for a semester. Each tool will bear a sticker with the Campbell Rotary logo.

“Without this grant, we simply would not have the funding to be able to provide these tools,” said Michelle Donohue-Mendoza, director of student development at WVC. “It’s a big benefit to be able to provide this small service to our veteran students and to have Campbell Rotary be able to do so. They are able to see that even something this small really helps in the long run with student success.”

The Live Scribe pens provide auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners enhanced support in taking and transcribing classroom notes in place of pen and paper by recording and linking audio to handwriting. With these, veteran students will never miss a word in a class lecture or with a small group project as the pens allow students to save, search and organize digital versions of their handwritten notes synced with audio to their computers.

The scientific calculators will enable veteran students to have the necessary technology support for math and science courses typically required of many certificate and degree programs of study.

The Live Scribe pens typically cost about $120 each and the scientific calculators about $100 each. For students already paying for tuition, fees and textbooks, the cost of purchasing such tools can be prohibitive. Because of the grant funding, veteran students will be able to instead check out the tools for a semester.

“The Live Scribe pens and scientific calculators can add to student knowledge by improving note-taking and taking advantage of electronic media to help students successfully progress in their career job goals,” said Dr. Dan Furtado, Commander of the 334th Army Reserve Medical Group and the senior-ranking pharmacist of the Army, and principal donor to the Veterans Resource Center.

The grant came about after Dr. Furtado and WVMCCD Trustee Adrienne Grey met with Donohue-Mendoza and Bernadette Walker, marketing and communications coordinator for Student Life and the Veterans Resource Center, to discuss instructional needs of the veterans center and the possibility of presenting a proposal to Campbell Rotary. Campbell Rotary, Grey said, had unspent funds that had been raised to be specifically used to support veterans.

“Not only will these tools be fantastic aids for the veteran students, but this grant also represents an exciting opportunity to create a synergy between Campbell Rotary and West Valley College,” Grey said.