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Porterville College Supports its Military

Special Service to Veterans

graphic image of servicemanParking permits are required to park on campus; however, this expense is not covered under the Veterans Affairs educational benefit program. Therefore, when enough donations have been received, free parking passes will be provided to veterans who are enrolled at Porterville College.

Inspiration for Activity

The April 24, 2013 email distribution of the "Today's News – Office of Communications, California Community College State Chancellor's Office" included an article titled "Saving a Spot for a Veteran at Cuesta College." The article was about Cuesta College providing free parking passes for their veteran students in honor of a former student, Michael Mihalakis, who was killed while serving in Iraq. While a student at Cuesta College, Michael joined the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq. While in Iraq, Michael was planning to enroll back into classes at Cuesta College and emailed one of his former professors to "save a place for me" in his class because his unit was not returning until soon after the start of the spring term.

Within a month of sending the email, Michael was killed in Baghdad.

To honor the memory of his former student and especially his commitment to education, the professor began a special foundation account to purchase parking permits for Cuesta College veterans and the parking permits are known as "Mikes" in remembrance of Michael Mihalakis.

Porterville College Activity

Rather than creating a new name, the parking permits for Porterville College veterans will also be called "Mikes". Even though the story of Michael Mihalakis's sacrifice and dedication to education is the inspiration for this activity, this effort would honor all local veterans who have placed a value in education by enrolling at Porterville College. As Michael asked his professor to do at Cuesta College, Porterville College would be "saving a place" in the parking lot for veterans to come and continue their education.

Method of Funding

Funding will be through donations to the foundation account established for the specific purpose of providing this additional support to veterans who are pursuing their educational goals at Porterville College.

How to donate

Make a check out to the "Porterville College Foundation" and note on the check that this is for the "Veterans Resource Center – Mikes."

Send the check to the Porterville College Foundation office, 100 E. College Avenue, Porterville, CA, 93257. You can also bring your check, or cash, into the Foundation office located in the Academic Center room 102.

Thanks for supporting our veterans!



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