Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

HFC Welcomes Lori James, Veterans Services official

headshot of Lori James

HFC Enrollment Services Associate and School Certifying Official in Veteran Services Lori James comes from a family of educators, so working at HFC is a natural fit for her.

“I have always been attracted to higher learning institutions because they are places where lives are transformed,” said James, whose mother, aunt, and uncle were educators. “Education causes individuals to expand and grow in nearly every aspect of their lives. I, too, am committed to learning and growing.”

An only child, James was born in Hollywood, CA. She graduated from what is now Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles. From there, she earned her associate degree in speech communications from El Camino Community College in Torrance, CA. Transferring to California State University, Long Beach, James earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational studies with a focus in business and psychology. James is also a notary through the National Notary Association.

James has lived in Michigan since 2017. She lives with her husband of five years, Harold James, in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit. They have a blended family of four adult children, ages 27, 26, 24, and 22.

A great asset to HFC

James has worked at the College since June. She reports to HFC Enrollment Associate in the Veterans Services office, Gail Bock.

“Lori has become a great asset to the Office of Veterans Services,” said Bock. “Her desire to connect with our military-connected students and provide positive support and encouragement ensures that this student population is in good hands.”

James serves as a liaison between the student veterans and the various military branches to ensure they receive their educational benefits. Other duties include educating and assisting student veterans on how to access educational benefits, respond to inquiries, and resolve certification enrollment request issues.

Empowering veterans

While James may be new to HFC, she is not new to assisting veterans. Prior to coming to HFC, she worked at various governmental agencies.

“I really enjoy working at HFC,” she said. “The staff has been friendly and willing to assist me with questions. Gail Bock has been amazing and very helpful. I am looking forward to continuing building my knowledge and skills while at HFC. The best part of my job is empowering veterans toward a better future through education.”

James considers it a great privilege to work with veterans.

“My grandfather, my uncle, and several cousins have served in the Army, Navy, and the Marines. Having military family and friends has afforded me the opportunity to hear inside stories about some of the many issues that our veterans and their families experience,” she explained. “This knowledge and experience have increased my sympathy, understanding, and patience when interacting with our veterans. Our veteran and military families have given their lives for the freedom and protection of this country. Many have lost their lives, and many suffer physically and emotionally, during and after their service. Giving back to them by empowering them to create a better future for themselves and their families is very rewarding and an honor.”