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AMVETS Career Center Opens on Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer Campus

ribbon cuttingLocal Dignitaries On Hand to Dedicate First Such Center in North Carolina

The first AMVETS Career Center in the state of North Carolina opened today on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer. The center is supported by one of six grants awarded nationwide from AMVETS, an organization whose mission is to support the needs of veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

  At the Center's grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, American and North Carolina State flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and State Capitol in Raleigh were presented to Mr. Charles Cosgrove, career center commander and Stanly County Chamber of Commerce veterans representative, and Mr. Lacy Shepherd, state commander, Department of North Carolina AMVETS. The flags were donated by the offices of U.S. Senator Kaye Hagen and Sen. William R. Purcell, North Carolina State Senate, 25th District. At the start of the event, the colors were presented by the West Stanly High School Air Force Junior ROTC for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Kathy Pion, Albemarle AMVETS Post 910; the invocation was offered by Chaplain (Captain) Jeffrey T. Kidd, North Carolina Air National Guard.

“Pfeiffer University is pleased and proud to host a facility that will help so many qualified veterans join and contribute to the workforce in Stanly County, where there exists a rich history of dedicated members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces,” said Michael C. Miller, president, Pfeiffer University.

Tom Ramseur, president, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, reminded those in attendance that throughout Stanly County's history, Pfeiffer University has provided opportunity for higher education through the G.I. Bill to hundreds of Stanly County returned veterans.

The first AMVETS Career Centers opened nearly a decade ago in Ohio to fill resource gaps in helping veterans remain competitive in the job market. Typically, Career Centers offer internet access, online courses, through MindLeaders, Inc., writing skill development, networking and related services.

Photo caption/ribbon cutting: The ribbon was cut on the new AMVETS Career Center at Pfeiffer University on Wed., Dec. 7. On hand were Charles Cosgrove, Career Center Commander and Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Representative; Lacy Shepherd, State Commander, Department of N.C. AMVETS; Mike Miller, president, Pfeiffer University; Gerry Pion, Deputy AMVETS Career Center Commander; and Tom Ramseur, president, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

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