On July 14th, the St. Louis VCP hosted a Meet and Greet event, which provided program supporters with an opportunity to tour the VCP, meet the new technicians, and see the collections they are working on this session. The event also provided technicians with a chance to broaden their professional networks by interacting with a variety of potential employers, veteran service organizations, and educational institutions. Over 50 attendees were present at the event, including representatives from the St. Louis Vet Center, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis Science Center, the Hope Recovery Center VA Medical Center, the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, the County Veterans Program, CMIT Solutions, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, The Mission Continues, St. Louis Fire Department, and the St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. MAJ Richard A. Star, Deputy District Engineer for USACE St. Louis District, also attended the event and spoke one-on-one with technicians.
The Alexandria Veterans Curation Program (VCP) hosted a Meet and Greet on January 12, 2017. Technicians demonstrated the various steps involved in the artifact and archives curation process to over 40 guests. Lab managers and technicians provided tours of the laboratory and answered questions about the program. Guests included personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), representatives from veteran services organizations, local archaeologists, and VCP alumni. Two of our most revered guests included Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District and Mr. Charles Coleman, an Elder of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. The Alexandria VCP is grateful to all those who attended the event and showed their support of the VCP.
On January 19th, the St. Louis VCP hosted a Meet and Greet event. The event provided program advocates with an opportunity to tour the VCP, meet the new technicians, and see the collections they are working on this session. It was also a wonderful opportunity to introduce the program to several new supporters, including Emily Hollander, Constituent Services Director for Congresswoman Ann Wagner. Over 40 attendees were present at the event, including representatives of Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Senator Claire McCaskill, representatives from veterans support organizations and area businesses, archaeologists, and other supporters of the program. LTC Juan R. Mejia, Deputy District Engineer for USACE St. Louis District, also attended the event and spoke to the group about the success of the past, while challenging them to continue the successful trend. VCP Staff would like to thank all of the Meet and Greet attendees for making this event a great success!
On February 23rd, the Augusta VCP hosted a very successful Meet and Greet that was attended by more than 40 people! Technicians had the chance to share the new lab space with the public and display their processing, data entry, and photography skills for representatives from local businesses, institutions, prospective applicants, as well as personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District. The Meet and Greet provided many networking opportunities for the technicians. The Augusta VCP would like to thank everyone who came out to support the veterans and the program, and extend a special thank you to Dr. Charles Coleman, a tribal elder of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town.
Congratulations to the St. Louis VCP class of 2017! On March 30th, the St. Louis VCP held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the technicians who were trained in the facility this term. Eight graduates attended the ceremony, along with their families, friends, and VCP supporters. Eleven technicians from this term succeeded in finding full-time employment or will be continuing their academic pursuits. In addition, technicians processed artifacts and archives from more than 11 different archaeological investigations throughout the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District, Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this term. The lab managers would like to thank the graduating class for all their hard work, and wish them well in their future endeavors!
The Alexandria Veterans Curation Program (VCP) celebrated the graduation of 18 veteran technicians on March 17th, 2017. Friends, family, representatives from local veterans’ organizations, the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Army National Military Cemeteries, and past graduates came out in support of the VCP graduates. Praise and encouraging words were given by Colonel Anthony Mitchell, St. Louis District Commander for USACE, Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director of the Army National Military Cemeteries, Dr. Michael “Sonny” Trimble, Director of the VCP, and Jake Petrie, VCP graduate and current Alexandria VCP archives lab manager. Many of the technicians have moved on to full or part-time employment, some have chosen to continue their education, and a few were accepted as fellows with The Mission Continues. The lab managers would like to congratulate the graduates and look forward to hearing about even greater accomplishments in the future!
On March 24th, the Augusta VCP lab held a graduation ceremony and celebration for 13 technicians, marking the end of five months of learning, exploring, and growing.
The Augusta lab was honored to have several distinguished guests. Colonel Mitchell, Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District; John Peukert, Deputy District Engineer for Program and Project Management; and Charles Coleman, a Tribal Elder of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. All stressed to the technicians the importance of the work they do and the privilege of preserving the past.
The Augusta VCP would like to congratulate all of the VCP graduates!