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College Veterans Resource Centers

Cerritos College

Cerritos College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is a welcoming center for returning veteran students. The VRC focus is that of a “holistic” type of center that concentrates on academics, camaraderie and wellness. The VRC was one of the 16 United States recipients of The Department of Education Fipse grants in the amount of $392,423. Our goal is to assist veterans in acclimating to civilian life through a healthy educational process. One of our veteran students referred to our VRC as a “place of healing”. Our VRC is proud to support our military in a one-stop location where all services are centered on assisting students for a successful future.
The VRC provides the following services in a one-stop location:

  • Direct Transitional health care access to LBVA
  • On-site VRC mental wellness counseling
  • Tutoring 5 days/week in the VRC with 15 available computer stations
  • Computer learning assistance services and staff assistance daily
  • Certifying officials (VA and Educational)
  • Priority Registration
  • Veteran Academic counselor daily
  • Scholarships
  • Employment partners/resume writing
  • Veterans Club and Support
  • Veteran Orientation each semester
  • AM VETS Service officer
  • Military Ball annually
  • Book Library
  • Work-Study program
  • Collaborative partnerships for housing, food, book purchase, legal support

 

Website: http//www.cerritos.edu/veterans

Boots to Books

The Citrus College “Boots to Books” program is a model that showcases the collaborative effort that features classes, counseling, financial assistance, a book fund and a Veteran’s Center where Veterans will be able to study, socialize and exchange information.  This course is designed to provide veterans, their families, and supporters, with assistance in making a positive transition to academic and civilian life.  Key components of the course include managing Military Readjustment Transition issues, interpersonal skills, and improving overall health and resilience.

Contact information: Citrus College Veterans Program
Veterans Center Front Desk:
veteranscenter@citruscollege.edu
(626) 852-6421

Campus Wide Events

The Road Home…..From Combat to College and Beyond.

Several of our colleges have conducted “Road Home” events, we’ve included contact information below from Pasadena City College. These have been events aimed at fostering collaboration amongst academic faculty and staff, counselors, disabled student programs and services staff, veteran program coordinators, veteran resource program staff, student veteran organizations and members of the community.  The goal is to increase awareness regarding the unique issues faced by veterans that are transitioning to civilian and college life, leading to the creation of a more supportive educational environment.  “Road Home” events have included educational speakers and panel discussions as well as networking opportunities.

Contact information:

Pasadena City College - Patty D'Orange-Martin
(626) 585-7888
pddorange-martin@pasadena.edu