The California Community College system has begun to serve veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). It is estimated that 16,000 of the 21,000 veterans and their dependents using the GI Bill at California postsecondary institutions are enrolled at a community college. Further, enrollment of veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the near future.
Returning veterans arrive on campus as an at-risk population for three primary reasons:
To meet the needs of these deserving individuals, the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) at De Anza College—in coordination with the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges—proposes establishing a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on approximately twelve community college campuses, patterned after the VRC at Butte College.
Project goals will be simple and measurable. The HTCTU will:
The Veterans Resource Center project grows from a proven model, one that provides tangible services that form scaffolding for veteran students as they navigate the academic and civilian worlds. This project is great in terms of return, but lean in terms of cost; it can be easily replicated throughout the California Community College (CCC) system (N=110) and nationally.
For more inforation and complete details, please examine the following documents: