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New college center caters to student veterans

Bainbridge State College created a center for non-traditional learners and student veterans. Bainbridge State College created a center for non-traditional learners and student veterans.
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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -  Colleges around the nation are welcoming more non-traditional students and veterans back to finish their education.

Bainbridge State College just opened a new facility to help these students as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

It's something many students dread, the first day of school.  

But veteran Daniel Grimes said going back to school was more nerve racking than his 15 years of service.

Grimes said, “It was scary.  It was worse than being overseas!”

Bainbridge State College officials said Grimes is not alone.  

Almost half of the college's student body is made up of veterans and non-traditional learners. 

“Coming out of the military, I knew, if I wanted to pursue a career outside of the military, I'd have to have an education,” said Grimes.

One of the college's main goals is to make their campus more adult-friendly. 

Director of the First Year Experience at BSC Pamela Barnes said, “A lot of students come back and they don't have the necessary skills to be prepared for college, since they've been out of school for a while.”

On Thursday, they opened a new facility to cater to non-traditional and veteran students.

Barnes said, “Just returning to college can be so overwhelming and to have the support and the references there gives them the option of having a place where they're comfortable in their own skin.”

The space offers computers, reference books, and an adult learning specialist to offer relief to the stress these students experience.

Grimes said, “It's very challenging.  Between trying to get study time in, and meeting the criteria for the school, and an 18-month old newborn.  It's pretty hectic.”

But Grimes said facilities like this help students like him focus on their one main goal, getting that degree.

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