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 113 community colleges as the most easily accessible and affordable educational options available. In fact, approximately 70,000 veterans and active duty service members were enrolled at a California community college in 2014-15.
The role of community colleges is not limited to providing academic and career training for returning veterans, but also includes assisting with the often-difficult adjustment many face when transitioning to life after military service, and particularly after combat deployment. Fortunately, leadership at the Chancellor's Office and our colleges prioritized this need long ago and expanded support services that provides a broad array of programming in order to help veterans successfully integrate into civilian and college life.
Our work continues with a commitment to identify effective practices and replicate model programs to meet the needs of all student veterans at all of the 113 California community colleges.