Meet the Veteran Academic Advisor

Bill Lapham

MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College, Vermont
MLS in American Culture, University of Michigan-Flint
BS in Occupational Education, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine service. I served from 1976 to 2006 in both fleet ballistic missile and fast attack submarines, and was the chief of the boat in USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) Blue.


Location: Huron Building Rm. 105


To schedule an appointment:
Please call (517) 483-5246

After retirement, I worked for Michigan Works-Livingston County as a case manager for the No Worker Left Behind program. I helped hundreds of dislocated workers decide on new careers and training programs. Some were Vietnam veterans.

From 2008 to 2013, I used the Post-911 GI Bill to earn two masters degrees. I know what it's like to wait for that first BAH deposit of the semester.

Finally, I have been a writing teacher at LCC since the Spring of 2014.

I know first-hand the challenges student-veterans face: earn a living, raise a family, study. I have lived that life; it's not easy. Then again, we're not known for doing easy things. Leaving behind a regimented military lifestyle, including all of its heart-rending sacrifices, and re-entering the civilian world is hard for some of us. Coming home can be bewildering.

That's where the Veterans Center at LCC can help. We are like you.

We know that higher education is a mission-oriented undertaking, and like all military missions, there's an objective: a certificate or degree. In the military, your mission might have been simply to do your job, get an honorable discharge, and qualify for the GI Bill. Well, here you are; you have succeeded.

What you need now is a plan. The thing is, educational plans are not always obvious or intuitive. You need help forming one. That's where an academic advisor can help you. That's what I do. Come see me and we'll make a plan together.