Fifty-nine California Community Colleges to Receive $8.5 Million in Grant Funding to Expand College Veterans Resource Centers

September 27, 2018

Christina Jimenez 

cjimenez@cccco.edu 

T 916.322.4004 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved $8.5 million in grant funding this month to expand and bolster Veterans Resource Centers throughout California’s community colleges.

Currently, more than 90 of the 114 California community college campuses have a Veterans Resource Center dedicated to providing veterans and active duty service members with tools they may need for academic success, and support as they transition from a military environment to an academic setting.

“Making a deeper investment in our system’s Veterans Resource Centers runs hand-in-hand with our Vision for Success,” Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said. “The boost in these resources will certainly contribute to the overall success of our student veterans.”

California is home to an estimated 1.8 million veterans, and annually the California Community Colleges enrolls approximately 80,000 veterans and active duty service members.

The grant funding was awarded directly to eligible colleges through a competitive process.

For more information on the California Community Colleges Veterans Services program, visit: http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/StudentServices/VETS.aspx.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success , a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges web site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.