TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 23, 2016) – The Tallahassee Community College Foundation held a naming ceremony for TCC’s Veteran Success Center on February 23. The facility was renamed the Richard W. and Karen B. Moore Veteran Success Center in honor of TCC trustee Karen Moore and her husband, Richard.
The Moores have long been passionate supporters of TCC and of the College’s efforts to serve student veterans. Now, with the assistance of a donation from the Moores, TCC plans to launch the Tallahassee Community College Moore Veterans Leadership Academy in the fall of 2016. The academy program will span two semesters and allow student veterans to engage with the TCC community as well as the Tallahassee community. The program will focus on education, government, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, health, public safety and other areas. Mentorship will be a valuable component of the program. Each student will receive a scholarship in recognition of successful completion of the academy.
“TCC has such a strong history of supporting veterans who are transitioning into their new lives as students,” said Richard Moore, COO and general counsel of Moore Communications Group. “As a veteran who comes from a long line of fellow service men and women, it has been a privilege to be part of seeing this great new resource become a reality.”
Karen Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group, agreed. “Veterans have contributed so much to our country. As they re-enter our community and workforce, I can think of no better way to honor these men and women than to provide a robust resource to help them continue their education.”
The program featured remarks from two TCC student veterans, Adam Cerullo and Roy Burton. Cerullo served as a physical therapy technician in the United States Navy and is now pursuing an associate degree in health science. His goal is to become a physical therapy assistant.
Burton served as a combat medic with the United States Army 2nd Ranger Battalion and came up through the ranks from private to sergeant first class. He served for nearly 20 years. Burton is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree with a plan to study political science at Florida State University.
Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, expressed the College’s gratitude for the Moores’ generous gift. “So many veterans in this community will benefit from this new leadership program and the additional resources the Center will offer,” said Mitchell.