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Assemblymembers Present $2.5 million to ARC Veterans Resource Center

Nov 30, 2022 12:00AM ● By Office of Assemblymember Ken Cooley

Asm Kevin McCarty, Veterans Resource Center Supervisor Robert Heryford, American River College President Melanie Dixon, Asm Ken Cooley, and Chancellor Brian Green, Los Rios College District hold the check for $2.5 million made to the ARC Veterans Resource Center. Photo courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman Ken Cooley

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) presented on October 10, American River College Veterans Resource Center with a $2,500,000 check allocated from the 2022 California State Budget.

“Veterans, by their military service, chose to give our nation their all. Supporting them - in life, education, and in their dreams - is always right,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “Creating spaces where veterans can gather for respite or to get useful help from the Veterans Resource Center lends to a more positive and successful education. The remodeling will make this space more pleasant with more natural lighting and other improvements, all done to enhance the Center. I am honored to be here to help ARC celebrate this moment.”

“It’s important we support our Veterans who have put their lives on the line fighting for the safety of everyone in this country,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “The Veterans Center at American River College is a great resource for those who are transitioning from military to college. And as someone whose brother is currently serving in the military, it was a no-brainer on where to allocate the $2.5 million to.”

"ARC is honored to receive this significant state funding, which will make a direct impact on the lives of our student Veterans. This support comes at a very critical time for them," said ARC President Melanie Dixon. "We thank Assemblymembers McCarty and Cooley for their advocacy on behalf of our students."

The funds will be used to remodel the center to help improve the experience of the Veterans at American River College. The proposed remodel work includes the following: funding for design and permits for structural improvements; adding more windows on all exterior walls and skylights; upgrade doors to sliding doors; create access from the VRC to an enclosed outdoor patio area; reconfigure the reception entry area, and enhancement to the heating and cooling system.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes eastern portions of Sacramento County and the communities of Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova and Rosemont.  For more information, please visit

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