Veterans Services

With an estimated 2.2 million veterans residing in California, the state leads the nation in the number of veterans. That number is expected to increase dramatically as more military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan complete their service.

The majority of these students enroll in a California community college. In 2010-11, more than 44,000 veterans utilized education benefits at a California community college. In addition, there are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 active duty personnel enrolled annually at community colleges across the state, not including dependents.

A college education has become an absolute necessity for veterans returning to civilian life, and community colleges provide the majority of this education, as most veterans are ineligible for direct admission to the University of California or the California State University systems.

What's New

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Faculty Association for California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are partnering to host the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit III Dec. 5-6, 2013 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. The summit is designed to share information and best practices for faculty, administrators and staff who work with student veterans on our campuses. For more information and to register for the summit, please visit,

The inagural California Community Colleges Veterans Summit was held in San Diego on December 2, 2011. This one-day conference on serving student veterans was a tremendous success!  Videos of each session can be found by clicking here and links to program materials can be found on the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges website.

Veterans Summit II was held Dec. 6-7, 2012 in Redwood City. To see coverage of Veterans Summit II, go here.

In addition to generous funding and support from JP Morgan Chase and the Land of the Free Foundation, the Chancellor’s Office received a second $75,000 grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation (ZFF) to support the continuation of The Welcome Home: Creating a Campus Climate of Wellness for Returning Veterans project. The training program for faculty and staff is designed to increase awareness of military culture and the mental health needs of student veterans with a focus on integration of services.