Perkins, who served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years as an aircraft mechanic, recruiter and aviation instructor, is the current president of the college’s student Veteran’s Club. He is studying criminal justice as he wants to work addressing some of society’s pressing issues.
A Georgia native, Perkins says he “didn’t think school was important” as a young man and joined the service instead. Being a recruiter showed him the flaw in his thinking. “Being in the Marine Corps prepares you for a lot of things. I met NSCC’s Veteran’s Services Coordinator Kristine Babcock and she encouraged me to enroll. The rest is history.”
As the student representative, Perkins seeks to continue to push the school’s veterans population to engage more in community service and to give back. “I want to give vets a voice at the college and I’d like folks to talk about the student veterans in a positive light. The college has one of the best student veterans programs in the state and we aren’t just here to take, but to give something back.”
Under his leadership the Veteran’s Club has organized park cleanups, did fundraising drives for emergencies, worked on a home building project, conducted a Christmas toy drive for needy children, and more.
Perkins was one of three club officers recently selected to represent NSCC at the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Leadership Summit in Providence RI. SVA’s local Leadership Summits bring student veterans together to exchange chapter best practices and to explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran’s transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce. “It was a really good experience that offered good information on how to attract more club members and how to make Veterans Clubs more effective both at the college and in the community.