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Veterans Resource Center

The purpose of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is to address the unique needs of our veteran student population and provide the tools that each individual veteran needs in order to meet his/her educational goals.

For a returning veteran, the academic world poses considerable challenges, as most individuals returning from military service have not attended traditional academic programs for several years.

To meet the needs of these deserving students, Golden West College established a Veterans Resource Center to provide an on-campus point of contact for their veteran-related questions and needs as they navigate the college system. The overall goal is to deliver services to optimize academic success, which involves collaboration with GWC support services: Enrollment Center, Counseling Services, Accessibility Center for Education (formerly, Disabled Student Services), Financial Aid, Student Health Center, Tutorial Center, and Learning Resource Center.

In addition, representatives from organizations such as U.S. Vets, O.C. Vets and the Veterans Administration visit the center to provide additional information about VA benefits, housing, personal counseling, and referrals to other services.

Most importantly, the VRC provides students with a place to socialize with fellow veterans and is a meeting place for the newly established GWC Student Veteran Organization. There is no better way for veterans to adjust to campus life than with students who share their military experiences. Veterans are accustomed to working as a team and students who make a connection with other students are more likely to achieve their educational goals.