JSCC Student Veterans Association to host 2nd 5K race

Apr 10th, 2017

The Jackson State Community College Student Veterans Association (SVA) will host a 5K race and one-mile walk on Saturday, April 22. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the JSCC Student Center. This is the second year for the SVA to hold this event.

The SVA is a national organization that focuses on student veteran academic success. The SVA helps students develop relationships with other veterans that they would not otherwise.

Veterans affairs coordinator Kristine Nakutis has led many positive changes to the veterans affairs program over the past three years. The Military Student Center was created two years ago with funding from the Tennessee Veterans Reconnect Grant. According to Nakutis, the center has provided the college's military students valuable resources and saved them over $18,000 through textbook and calculator loans over.

Nakutis sees an increased need for support for military students on the horizon. The Tennessee STRONG Act will enable more veterans and military students to earn their education. Nakutis says there will be an increased need for funding to educate students about available benefits. The enrollment of military students is also projected to rise as a result.

To register for the race, runners/walkers can register and pay online with a credit card at https://racesonline.com/events/jscc-student-veterans-camo-5k. Cash or checks can be accepted by Kristine Nakutis or the Military Student Center. For more information, contact Nakutis at 731-425-2618 or at knakutis@jscc.edu.

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