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Medill Reports: CCC Specialists Guide Veterans From Classroom to Civilian Careers

3/13/2013 12:00 AM

William Limestall knows a thing or two about nuclear reactors. It’s good knowledge to have, considering he wants to be a physics professor. But first, he has to get through English 102.

Limestall is a U.S. Navy veteran, retiring in August after 12 years of service. Now he is back in the classroom, enrolled at Truman College in Uptown, a branch of the City Colleges of Chicago.

“I’m down here at this point. I’ve got a long way to go until I get up to here,” Limestall said, lifting his hand from waist to eye line. He has to start somewhere though, and an associate’s degree in science is the first step toward a new career.

Limestall is one of nearly 3,000 veterans supported by the City Colleges of Chicago’s Veterans Services Centers since their launch in fall 2012. The Veterans Services Centers are a capstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Service to Success” initiative, which connects veterans with support services and education at City Colleges to facilitate the transition from military to civilian employment.

​Read the rest of the story at Medill Reports.
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