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Student veterans to see expanded services, facilities

Posted on: Nov 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Contact: Anne Krueger anne.krueger@gcccd.edu

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has good news about expanded services and new facilities in store for its nearly 1,700 student veterans.

The two colleges have each secured $200,000 in state grants to expand outreach and services to veterans and their dependents. In addition, both colleges have plans in place to nearly triple the size of their veterans resource centers, with construction at Cuyamaca College set to begin next spring.

 “The men and women in our armed forces have always been there to serve us, and we are proud and honored to in turn to provide them with the services they need to secure the education needed to reach their goals,” said Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor Cindy Miles. “Our district is deeply committed to helping them embark and stay on their journey to future success.”

California is home to an estimated 1.8 million veterans, and the California Community Colleges enrolls approximately 80,000 veterans and active duty service members each year. More than 1,100 veterans are enrolled at Grossmont College and 562 enrolled last year at Cuyamaca College.

 The Grossmont College grant will pay for a veteran program specialist tasked with providing operational support for the Veterans Resource Center and coordinating events and activities to help keep veterans on track and involved. In addition, Grossmont is in the planning stages of building a new, nearly 3,400-square-foot Veterans Resource Center with a large computer lab and quiet commons, a study center, a meeting room, counselors offices, a lounge and an outdoor patio, said Veterans Counselor Maria Martinez. The new center is scheduled to open in 2021.

 At Cuyamaca College, the grant is paying for a part-time Veterans Resource Center coordinator, several new computers, a food pantry for veterans and their family, an expanded textbook library, and an “academic survival kit” complete with a flash drive, calculator, stationery, and pens, pencils and highlighters, said veterans counselor Osvaldo Torres.

In addition, Cuyamaca College is expanding its Veterans Resource Center from 870 to 2,487 square feet, with construction set to begin this spring. Veterans services will be housed in a bungalow near the library while construction is under way.

Besides the veterans resource centers, those who have served have access to priority registration, tutoring, specialized counselors and more.

More than 90 of the 114 California community colleges have a veterans resource center, and the $400,000 in grants recently awarded to Grossmont and Cuyamaca were among the $8.5 million in funding approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors this fall.

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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