Great Bay Community College President Signs Statement of Support from ESGR

04/10/2015 by Lisa Proulx

Reaffirms the College’s commitment to supporting members of the Guard and Reserve

PORTSMOUTH – On Friday, April 10, Great Bay Community College President Will Arvelo signed a Statement of Support from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  The statement was  presented by Bruce Thompson, ESGR Employer Outreach Coordinator for New Hampshire during a Veteran’s Job Fair organized by Congressman Frank Ginta (R-NH) held at Great Bay. The College was recognized for their support of ESGR’s mission which is to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve.  The intent of the Statement of Support Program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.
Great Bay Community College has a long history of supporting the nation’s Veterans.  Founded in 1945, the College’s first mission was to train and provide trade school facilities for veterans demobilized from the armed services.  According to Arvelo, the first graduating class consisted of 130 veterans of war.  

“We have a long tradition of working with our service members and are honored to receive this” said Arvelo.  “Whether students are active, veteran, retired or the spouse or dependent of a military service member they are welcome here at Great Bay Community College.”  GBCC currently offers support through scholarships, military and veteran educational programs, and clubs and organizations.
The Veteran’s Job Fair drew close to one hundred attendees and featured over fifty businesses and service organizations including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Foss Manufacturing, Seacoast Helicopters, UPS, Sig Sauer, Leddy Group, VA Employment Services and NH Vocational Rehabilitation.

For more information about Great Bay Community College and Veteran and Military services , contact Deb Lancaster, VA and Military Liaison / Assistant Registrar, Great Bay Community College at (603) 427-7615 or

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