Versailles, Ky. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are sponsoring or participating in community events to honor veterans this week. Here is a list of whats happening around the state.

Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC)
ACTC is sponsoring a lunch for veteran students at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at its Technology Drive campus. The speaker is U.S. Air Force veteran Stanley G. McDonald, III, an administrator from the Veterans Administration and the senior pastor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC)
BCTC will have a two-minute moment of silence at 2:11 p.m. Nov. 11.
Last week, the college had a chili cook-off for faculty and staff of the Leestown campus and surrounding businesses and organizations. The proceeds were donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC)

ECTC planned two weeks of events that began with coffee and donuts and a veterans resource fair Nov. 1. This week, Nov.7-11, several more events are planned.

  • Monday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
    Service Dog Demonstration

    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, ATB 1st Floor Foyer
    Learn about the role service dogs play in the lives of people with disabilities, the access rights of a service dogs and the proper way to interact with working dogs or dogs in training. Demonstration is courtesy of Kentucky Working K9 Academys Tammy Nugent.

  • Wednesday, 2-2:20 p.m.
    Women of World War II

    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, JSO 112
    This historical depiction of Women in WWII will be presented by students from ECTC Historical Society.

  • Wednesday, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
    What My Hands Have Touched Play

    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, JSO 112
    Play presented by the Lilith Theatre Company shares the compelling stories of U.S. women during WWII, exploring their myriad roles: as factory workers, nurses, pilots, USO performers and homemakers. The production offers glimpses into the hearts and minds of these female warriors often overlooked by history. This event is sponsored by the Veteran Center of Excellence.

  • Thursday, 9-11 a.m.
    Bagel Breakfast

    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, ATB 102
    Breakfast is sponsored by ECTC Student Government Association (SGA) honoring veterans and their families.

  • Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Veterans at their Words

    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, RPC 212
    Veterans at their Words is a group of prior or current members of the Armed Forces who share their experiences through creative writing, either non-fiction, fiction or poetry. Come out and enjoy readings from our very own student Veterans; reception to follow. A collaboration between Veteran Center of Excellence and the English departments Mick Kennedy.

  • Friday, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
    VA Education Benefits Briefing
    Location: ECTC Main Campus, 610 College Street Road, RPC 108
    Hosted by ECTC Veteran Affairs office, will provide information of the various chapters of educational benefits offered through the VA, policies and procedures and instruction on how to complete the VA Enrollment Form each semester.

Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC)

GCTCs Emerge Hair Studio amp; Spa will honor veterans, active military and first responders Nov. 9-11, at its student run enterprise at 438 Scott Boulevard, Covington. All active military, veterans and first responders will receive a complimentary haircut by a Gateway student. In addition, on Nov. 11, they may receive a free chair massage as well. Participants are asked to show an ID.

Emerge will offer these services 1-7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Chair massages are offered only on Friday.

Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC)

JCTC will have a combined veterans event and enrollment blitz Nov. 9. There will be a ceremony beginning at 11:50 a.m. at the downtown campus featuring music by local high schools and thank you cards for veterans. Student and veteran groups from around the area have been invited.

Owensboro Community and Technical College

President Scott Williams is emailing all veteran students to thank them for their service.

Somerset Community College (SCC)

SCC is sponsoring two events. One begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Meece Auditorium on SCCs Somerset campus.

The other will be on Laurel campus at 11 a.m. Nov. 15, in Building 3, Room 113 and the Atrium. Members of the SCC Veterans Student Organization will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and provide a demonstration of the flag folding ceremony. Johnna Atkinson-Bigelow, SCC professor of Communications, will sing the Star Spangled Banner and provide additional special music. North Laurel High School NJROTC will conduct the Color Guard. The ceremony concludes with a balloon release salute to veterans.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact James Taylor, SCC Assistant Professor of Political Science at (606) 451-6820 or email james.taylor@kctcs.edu.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

WKCTC will participate in a local parade.