Local Veteran Rallies Other Student Veterans At Rowan-Cabarrus


“I have a passion for helping veterans. For all that they’ve done for our country, it’s the least I can do,” said Richmond Gage, program chair for Motorsports Management Technology.

CONCORD, N.C. — After serving 22 years in the Air Force and holding a master’s in operations management, Scott Killoran didn’t think he’d find himself back in school. Toward the end of his military career, Killoran said he would attend job fairs and hear that he was perfect for the jobs available.

“They said they could see how transferrable my skills were,” said Killoran.

Yet, like many vets, Killoran has found finding employment to be a challenge.

“I spent so many years of my life in the military – I traveled the world, I met my wife abroad, we even had our seven year-old son while we were in Japan,” said Killoran. “Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so hard to find a job.”

Currently working toward a certificate in Motorsports Management Technology, Killoran is also making a point to network and is seeking out an internship.

“My instructor is actually working with me on my resume right now. He’s going above and beyond to help me be successful in the field,” said Killoran.

The Motorsports Management Technology program has a long history of working with veterans, including those with disabilities.

Likewise, Killoran is working to get veterans on campus the support they need by giving feedback to appropriate college officials and sharing his experiences and resources with other veterans.

“I really want to see veterans succeed. I’ve made it a point to do some volunteer work with other vets. To me, it’s important that vets have every resource available when they finish their service,” said Killoran.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) since the early 1990’s. As a SOC member, the College provides transferable credit toward college courses as determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) transcript evaluation. The College has also formed a taskforce to make recommendations for additional transferable credit to be awarded based on the servicemember or veteran’s MOS and current program of study and recommendations for engaging veterans in successful completion of their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We are proud to welcome veterans to Rowan-Cabarrus and greatly appreciate their time in service to our nation,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Veterans have many choices during and after their military service, and we are pleased that some have chosen to make Rowan-Cabarrus a part of their life.”

The College aims to facilitate veteran success by providing support, resources and information to meet their unique needs as both a veteran and a student.

“Student veterans are mature and on a mission, but sometimes face different challenges than other students,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership at the College. “The College’s goal is to help veterans transition from soldiers to scholars, navigate financial matters, deal with campus life and cope with the lack of structure in comparison with time in the military.”

There are nearly 300 student veterans receiving VA (Veterans Affairs) educational benefits at Rowan-Cabarrus. The College will mark Veterans’ Day with flag ceremonies on Thursday, November 7 in campus central courtyards. The North Campus’ flag ceremony/presentation of colors will be performed by the South Rowan High School JROTC. South Campus’ flag ceremony/presentation of colors will be performed by Northwest Cabarrus High School JROTC. The events will begin at 10:30 a.m. with morning snacks. The flag ceremonies will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s educational programs are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Those entitled to VA benefits are eligible veterans, participants in the Montgomery G.I. Bill contributory program, active duty military in voluntary education programs, drilling National Guard, drilling Reservists, and spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans. The Office of Financial Aid provides information and assistance to students applying for VA education benefits.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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