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Brainerd Elks Donation Event on May 7thm, 2014 at the CLC Veterans Center, 12:00pm

The Brainerd Elks a huge support of the CLC veterans center, will be presenting a wonderful donation to the center. A donation honoring our veterans and their families. Please join us at 12:00 p.m. on May 7th, 2014 at the Central Lakes College, Veterans Center.

Good Samariton Bowl Silent Auction Event May 4-5, 2014 was a Success

The Brainerd Area Good Samariton Bowl and Silent auction event was a great success. The veterans resource center had 4 different silent auction collections that were bidded on during the event. All items were donated to the center to raise money to enhance the quality of life of our veterans and their families. Companies involved were, Built Werks Construction Company, Maddens, Breezy Point, Craigun's, Fleet Farm, Rafferty's and Brekken's were part of our community support. We also had a faculty and student who made beautiful items for us to use on the auction. CLC student Zach Korwin-Kuczyski made a beautiful pearl harbor piece, USS Arizona. The individual who bought the piece, had a tremendous story of a client he has who fought at Pearl Harbor. This work of art will bring great meaning to that veteran. Paul Bremmer one of CLC's Welding Faculty, created a magnificant Eagle iron piece and a fallen Soldier iron art work. Paul and one of his students who is a veteran at our college, Shawn Harper, have created meaningful and beautiful signs, door stops, and art for the center to further enhance the welcoming atmosphere we provide.

Veterans were able to bowl on Monday night at Jack's house for free, enjoy beverages, snacks, prizes and most importantly having stress free fun with other veterans. The CLC veterans proudly represented the Brainerd Elks, who are committed to bringing veterans together and improving the lives of our learners at the CLC veterans center.

Thank you to all who were involved with this wonderful event.


Brainerd Lakes Community Job Fair April 23rd, 2-5 pm
Over 60 companies throughout the state of Minnesota will be here at Central Lakes College to offer information about their company and provide great opportunities for employment. Please take advantage of this outstanding event to get you the job you have been looking for. Veterans population students can receive a gift for attending. You must attend and sign up with Kathy Marshik to redeem your gift for participation.

Job Fair Boot Camp April 17th
If you are interested in being successful in searching for a job. Being ahead of your peers through the application and interview process. Take part in the "Job Search Boot Camp" on April 17th, at the Brainerd Work Force Center. This boot camp will help you with resume writing tips, mock interviews, and better ways to search for the job you want. Veterans populations students will receive a gift for attending. Please let Kathy Marshik know if you attending. To attend call 828-2450 to register.

Purple Up April 15th, to honor our Military Kids
April 15th, please join us in honoring our military kids for the great sacrifices they make while their parents are serving. We often forget about the children who give up their parents for months, or years at a time for training and deployment to serve our great country. The kids deal with the separation and changes of their parents upon return from serving our country. Please join us in wearing purple on Tuesday, April 15th to honor our military kids.  

Graduation reminders
If you are graduating this semester, don't forget to apply for graduation.

Priority Registration Reminder for Veterans and Dependents
If you have not yet enrolled in summer and fall courses, please do so very soon to get priority registration.

Test Anxiety Class
As spring semster gets closer and closer to an end and many of you are graduationg, you may get a little test anxiety. On April 8th, 2014, 12:00 p.m., in room E151 at CLC, there will be a test anxiety seminar. Please take part in this wonderful event if you can. It can be very helpful to many who get a bit nervous and anxious before and during an exam.

Mental Health Awareness and Speaker
We have a speaker (Betsy Huston) from Northern Pines coming in to the Veterans Center next Wednesday, March 19th, 12:00-1:00. She will talk about all the services we have available at CLC, through Northern Pines, VA and the community for families and veterans. This is regarding mental health and other great groups to assist you through simple things like a bad day, or very difficult struggles. I hope many of you can make it as this is great information and refreshers for everyone! Even if you don't think you need this information now, maybe you will in the future or have a friend or family member who could use the support services.

CLC Veterans Center Family Tubing Event
Join us on February 22nd, 6-8 p.m. at the Primetime Snow Tubing at Breezy Point, MN. CLC Students who are veterans, current service members or dependents and guests will have thier tubing paid for by the CLC veterans club. Please sign up in the CLC Brainerd Campus Veterans Center by February 14th, 2014. Bring guests as some may be covered by the veterans club or discounts will be offered. It will be a fun filled evening for everyone!!!

Buffalo Wild Wings Fund Raiser
Anyone who eats at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Baxter, can help raise funds for the CLC Veterans Center. All you need to do is present your team advantage card, or let the waitress know you are supporting the CLC Veterans Club Team B. Help us be the winners of this event and raise money to offer great services for our veterans, service members and their families.

Its time to get moving and get fit to help the mind and body!!!!
Kathy Marshik is leading fitness classes at CLC. Any veterans, service members or dependents who are interested in fun, team orientated fitness classes, contact Kathy at the Veterans Resource Center for a schedule of events. 218-855-8279 or   Excercise helps the brain, mood and improves overall physical health. So if you are struggling with motivation, depression, feeling sluggish, gained a few pounds, join the team to get healthy and have fun at the same time. Types of excercise, yoga, pilates, zumba, kick boxing, aerobics and toning.

Brainerd Elks is Sponsoring a trip and free Tickets to a Twins Game for CLC Vets on May 17th, 2014
Students who are interested in going to a Twins Game on Armed Forces Day May 17th, please contact the Veterans Resource Center to sign up. Each veteran can get a free ticket, and bring 1 guest. The trip includes transportation from CLC to the Twins Statium and back. Also food as well. There is a limited amount of tickets, so please sign up soon. More details will be put out as we get closer to the event.

Veterans PTSD and Mental Health Groups at CLC
Every Tuesday at 10:00 at the CLC Brainerd Campus Veterans Center we invite students and community veterans and dependents to join us for an hour group meeting to build networks and relationships among our veterans and dependents. You do not have to have PTSD or a mental health issue to be part of this group.

There is also a group that meets every Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00 pm at the CLC Brainerd Campus Veterans Center. This group meets to build friendships, talk and have a hot meal. Veterans and dependents from the community and school are encouraged to join in on a fun evening of collaboration and relationship building.

Attention Army Service Members!!!!

Changes to Army Federal Tuition Assistance IMPORTANT!!!!!
The FTA changes should be announced today (December 2) to all Soldiers and Educational institutions. 

The changes are pretty significant:

1) Soldiers must complete 1 year of service after AIT, OCS or BOLC before they are eligible to use FTA.
-We estimate this will affect around 200 Soldiers per year.

2) Soldiers will be capped at 16 semester hours per FY (not per semester). Note: this is a change from previous communications.

-We estimate this will affect around 650 Soldiers per year.

3) If a Soldier has used FTA for any degree they cannot use FTA for a professional degree until they have 10 years TIS

-We estimate this will affect around 2 Soldiers per year.

4) Our understanding is there will NOT be any students grandfathered.

Brainerd Chapter 22 DAV Donated a $10,000 check to start a Scholarship Fund for Veterans at CLC on December 2nd, 2013
There to present and accept the check were; Pam Thomsen- Foundation Director, Kathy Marshik - Veterans Resource Coordinator/DAV Member, Don Pfeffer- Faculty/Vet Club Advisor/DAV Member, Ann Hoshal - Student/Veteran, Veterans Club Secretary, Mario Zapata - Student/Veteran/Veterans Club Treasurer, Donald Marshall - Student/Veteran, Michael Richards - PSEO/Service Member/Veterans Club member, Dennis Benjamin- Student/Veteran/Veterans Club Member, Karen Rosenow - DAV Auxiliary, Ed Nelson - DAV Commander, Dave Meyer - DAV Treasurer, George (Corky) McCorkle - DAV Member, and Steve Rosenow - DAV Member/Veterans Advocate

Priority for the scholarship will go to disabled veteran students, then veterans and their dependents. Students must apply for the scholarship at the foundation office and have proof of veterans disability status or veterans/dependent status in order for their application to be accepted and considered for the scholarship. This is just one more example of how the Brainerd DAV shows their tremendous support to CLC veterans/students.


Christmas Tree Sale
CLC Veterans Club is selling Christmas Tree’s to support the Veterans and dependents at CLC. Prices range from $15-$20 based on size of tree.You can either directly purchase or buy one to donate to a needing family.

Stop by the Veterans Resource Center or contact the below individuals at:218-855-8279 or 218-855-8278

Kelly Annable at:

Ann Hoshal at:

Mario Zapata at:


Veterans Day Programs at CLC (Note time changes)
The CLC Veterans Resource Center will host 2 Veterans Day programs.

Brainerd Campus Cafeteria, Friday, November 8th, 2013
Time: 12:00-12:45

Staples Campus Cafeteria, Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Time: 11:00-11:45

Join us to celebrate honoring our veterans with CLC's very own student veterans speakers, sharing their experiences. Following will be a video, snacks and food for our guests and honoree's.


Graduation Important Reminder
If you are graduating, you must apply for graduation. Please go to: this month. The order will be completed and sent to Jostens on December 2.


Tastefully Simple CLC Veterans Club Fund Raiser 
Tastefully Simple CLC Veterans Club Fund Raiser!!! Please help support the Veterans Club at CLC by ordering from Tastefully Simple now until November 25th, 2013.  You can shop online at: and then place your orders through Carmen by emailing or calling her: Carmen Olson at: carmeno2022@gmail.como or 218.316.2298. Do not Order online until you contact her or the Veterans Club will not get the credit.

If you prefer to order in person, Carmen will be at CLC on the following Dates: 8:30-10:30 am: November 8th and 15th Brainerd Campus Vet Center and November 22nd Staples Campus Vet Center.

You can also see a veterans club member or Kathy Marshik after November 8th to place an order through them. or 218-855-8279, 218-855-8278.  


Veterans Pre-Registration

Veterans can register starting October 25th, 2013.  Get your spring registration done before your classmates!!!!!

College Fair at CLC

Paving Your Path to a Successful Future with Higher Learning

November 21st, 2013

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Open to the public!!!!

• Target audiences; community education seekers, high school juniors/seniors, veterans, military members and their dependents.

• Booths with college programs, scholarship, grants, financial aid, registration and admissions information.        

VA education representatives, military recruiting, and many resources available to our guests.

Questions contact:
Kathy Marshik, 218-855-8279,


Veterans Day Programs at CLC we need your help!!!


CLC Veteran’s Day Program to honor Veteran’s

The VRC is holding a Veteran’s Day program on November 8th at CLC Brainerd campus and November 12th at the Staples Campus.  We need some help from you. We are looking for Military related photos for a slideshow presentation. We are also looking for Veterans that would like to give a short presentation on their Military experience.
There will be two programs held on November on both these days:
10:00-10:30 am & 12:00-12:30 pm.
If you would like to speak at one of the programs or if you have photos, please email or Kathy Marshik at 218-855-8279 Thank you for your service!


Get to know some of our community veterans and have supper.

Every Thursday at the Veterans Resource Center in Brainerd, a group of community veterans visit the center. We have soup, snacks, coffee and talk. Some spouses and children also join us and would love to have more interaction with our students. This is another way to relate and talk with people who have been through many of the same experiences our veterans, service members and families have gone through. The time is 5:00 - 7:00 pm every Tuesday.

Join the Veterans Club


Become part of the CLC Veterans club! We meet every Tuesday at 10:00 am at the Veterans Resource Center. Its a great way to get to know other people, help enhance the educational journey of our veterans, their depentents and currently serving survice members. We do fundraising, family events, bowling, paint ball, veterans day programs, and most of all have a lot of fun. Be part of team/family.


Veterans Orientation 

Tuesday, August 27th – 11:30-12:30 Staples Campus - Vet Center

Tuesday, August 27th – 2:30-3:20 Staples Campus – Vet Center

Wednesday, August 28th - 11:30-12:30 Brainerd Campus RM E203

Wednesday, August 28th - 3:00-4:00 Brainerd Campus, RM E203

Thursday, August 29th – 7:45-8:45 Brainerd Campus, RM E203


Central Minnesota Vet Fest Event August 24th, 2013

There will be a fun family orientated veterans event at the Crow Wing County Fair Grounds on August 24th, 2013. The website for the event is: 

Support our veterans and have some fun at the event on the 24th.


Donations to the Veterans Center this week!

On June 26th the Brainerd Community Action Organization presented a check of $1,000 from their organization and the Brainerd Lion's to the Veterans Center Food Shelf. Part of the funds were raised during the Military Chilli Cook Off in April and the rest were generously donated by the Brainerd Lions Club.

On June 27th Lakes Financial Services, Glen Sundberg and Legacy Golf Course presented another check of $400 to the Veterans Resource Center here at CLC. The funds were raised on Flag Day at the Legacy Golf Coures during a tournament hosted by Lakes Financial Services. On the 9th hole one of our students, Daytona Knaeble held a US Flag. Participants were encouraged to donate to support our organization. The intent is to host more events to raise funding for our center.

We would like to thank these organizations for their outstanding support to help our organization, veterans and their families.


Legacy Golf Course Flag Day

We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for a veteran/service member who has a fitting military uniform. It can be either the dress or regular uniform, but it just needs to look nice. This person or people would hold a flag at the Legacy Golf Tournament on Jun 14th, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m..  I will be in St. Cloud for our annual VA education benefits certifying official training, so I cannot attend. So I need reliable volunteers as well.

Proceeds raised during the event will come to us, so it would be terrific if a few people could attend. Its a great way to meet some neat people and raise recognition for our veterans center.
Please let me know as soon as you can.
The Legacy Golf Course in Baxter in located on Gull Lake near Craigen's.
Contact Kathy Marshik if you are interested.

Job Fair Boot Camp Reminder and Location Change
The Boot Camp is Wednesday, April 24th 2-6pm. Please note the location has changed to the Brainerd Workforce Center. Those who attend who are a veterans population student at CLC will receive a $25 gas card for attending. Please sign in at the event.

Support the Vets Center Paint Ball Event
As part of the upcoming team challenge, we have a paint ball event. The organization who will be hosting the paint ball event, has offered to provide the location and resources free of charge if students help set up the area. If you are interested in helping with this project, stop by the veterans center. April 20th, will be the day to do the fun outdoor activitiy of setting up the paint ball area and building some obstacles.

CLC Club Challenge
Please stop by the Veterans Resource Center and sign up for some fun events for the CLC Club Challenge.

Support the Military Chili Cook Off April 19, 2013 at the Westgate Mall in Baxter, MN.
Half the proceeds will go to the CLC Veterans Resource Center. We have two students competing in the cook off, Jean Schwatka and Kelly Annable. The event starts at 11:30 and cost is $5.00 per bowl.

Support the CLC Veterans Club by purchasing a Veterans Resource Center T-shirt or a sticker.
T-shirts are: $10and stickers are $10 as well. A combo would be $18.



Last Updated: 5/7/14