Oct 16, 2017 at 04:24 PM

New SBCC Veterans Support and Resource Center Coordinator Kyle Rasmussen Eager to Make an Impact

By Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation


For many young veterans, transitioning out of military service and into college life can be quite the culture shock. Having somewhere – and someone – to turn to for support during that transition is a critical part of the journey back to civilian life. Kyle Rasmussen, the newly-appointed Veterans Support and Resource Center Coordinator at Santa Barbara City College, understands the important role he plays for local student veterans, and is eager to make a positive impact.

“The first two years after a veteran gets out of the service is their hardest time in my opinion,” said Rasmussen. “In college, they have these freedoms that they haven’t had since they were 18 years old, so it helps to have someone to talk to for guidance. When I was a student, I didn’t want to be associated with a veterans group, I just wanted to fit in. I want our veterans to come learn about the resources available to them, get information about grants and scholarships, and meet other student veterans who share similar experiences.”

Rasmussen, originally from Monticello, Kentucky, brings to SBCCextensive experience in human resources management, budget planning, and US Military policies and procedures. He served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2009 before moving to Santa Barbara and attending Santa Barbara City College from 2009 to 2010. He transferred to UCSB in 2011, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in history and a minor in earth science. Prior to joining SBCC in 2017, Rasmussen worked as a Human Resources Assistant for the US Department of Defense.
When speaking about his new position, Rasmussen was excited about the ability to start making a positive impact on SBCCstudent veterans immediately. “So far it has been very positive and open. Students have been coming in to relax, study, and connect. A lot of students have been in classes with other veterans and didn’t realize it until they connected at the Veterans Center, so we’re helping them expand their network as well.”

While Rasmussen will be providing valuable resources to local student veterans, he also recognizes the resources available to help him in his new role, including support from the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation.

“Working with the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation has been wonderful,” said Rasmussen. “We’ve quickly developed a strong relationship, and together, we have already helped make life easier for local veterans. I’ve been blown away by John and Hazel Blankenship’s kindness and their willingness to quickly provide grants and other forms of support. The generosity of this foundation is overwhelming to our veterans.”

To learn more about the Santa Barbara City College Veteran Center, please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/veteranssupport.


Contact: Andy Silverman/Chris Davis (805) 687-3322


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