The CGCC Veterans Resource Expo is held annually around Veterans Day. It enables Chandler-Gilbert to showcase resources that the college and community offer to veterans, as well as to thank our veterans for their service.
“The P.R.O. Formula” – Artesian D. Kirksey, USMC Veteran
This year, Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) will host its 11th annual Veterans Resource Expo on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center, room 140 at the Pecos campus. The resource fair will feature exhibitors from college and community organizations who work diligently to serve our student veteran population and their dependents.
This year’s guest speaker is United States Marine Corps veteran, Artesian Kirksey. Artesian is a transformational speaker and mental skills coach who helps people marry their potential to the right mentality. A trained higher education professional, Artesian has a unique 15-year background in educational leadership, instruction, organizational management and strategic planning. Over the span of his career, he has had the extreme pleasure of working with students from all walks of life and has guided them throughout the various phases of their college experience. A combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Artesian attributes much of his success and overall character development to the time he served in the Corps. The leadership traits that were instilled in him during this time provided a solid foundation for his current mission: to transform lives; one mindset at a time.
In honor of the men and women who have served, are currently serving, or will one-day serve, Artesian will give a transformational talk that focuses on what it takes to develop the mindset of a true professional by abandoning the thoughts and actions of an amateur. Artesian will share practical and easy-to-implement takeaways. Attendees will learn how to develop mental toughness, focus, and extreme will power in the face of adversity. They will also learn why establishing good habits, increasing efficiency, and building momentum are paramount to their success. The speaking portion of the program will begin at 2:30 p.m.
While at the event, veterans and their families are encouraged to network with local businesses about possible job opportunities as well as CGCC and other community organizations to learn more about the resources and services that are available to them.
This is a great opportunity for the CGCC community to honor over 500 student veterans currently enrolled as well as the many non-CGCC community members in attendance who have also served.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served throughout.