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Veterans Services

With an estimated 1.8 million veterans residing in California, our state’s veteran population is the largest in the nation. Many of the increasing number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will look to one of the 112 community colleges as the most easily accessible and affordable educational options available. In fact, more than 44,000 veterans and active duty service members enrolled at a community college in 2012-13.

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.

Our role is not limited to providing academic and career training for these returning veterans, but also to assist with the often-difficult adjustment many face when transitioning to life after military service, and particularly after combat deployment.  Fortunately, many of our colleges recognized this need long ago and have shown themselves to be innovative leaders in providing a broad array of programs and services to meet the needs of student veterans.  However, there is more work to be done as we attempt to replicate many of the most promising programs and practices in place in order meet the needs of all student veterans attending any one of the 112 community colleges across the State.


Veterans Summit Presentations

The Chancellor’s Office, Faculty Association for California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges partnered to host the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit IV Dec. 4-5, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott Hotel. Summit presentations can be found below.

Welcoming Transitioning and
    Serving Wounded Warriors

VRC Project
Veterans and the Stem Pipeline
Vet Services Study
Vet Connect SJSU
Supporting Student Veterans
    through Community Partnerships

Serving Our College Veterans in a
    Holistic Manner

How Military Service May Affect
   Student Veteran Persistence

Coming Homeless
College Credit for Veterans
Cerritos College Veterans

Best Practices in Certification
Apprenticeship 101
Cognitive Fatigue Combat to College


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