Military veterans at San Diego City and San Diego Mesa colleges got an early Veterans
Day present with the announcement of $400,000 in new grants to bolster services at
their campus Veterans Resource Centers.
The awards are aimed at increasing the numbers of veterans earning a degree or certificate
or transferring to a university, and they are part of $8.5 million in additional funding
for 59 Veterans Resource Centers at community college campuses throughout the state.
The grants were authorized by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors,
and the San Diego Community College District’s (SDCCD) Board of Trustees approved
a spending plan for its grants at a meeting in October.
Service to veterans is a top priority of the San Diego Community College District,”
said SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll. “We have already invested in centers,
services, and programs for veterans, and we are pleased to have this additional funding
for the Veterans Resource Centers.”
These are the second grants City and Mesa colleges have received this year from the
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to expand their Veterans Resource
Centers. In all, City College has secured a total of $302,000 and Mesa College has
More than 90 of the 114 California community colleges have a Veterans Resource Center
dedicated to providing veterans and active duty service members with tools they may
need as they transition from a military environment to an academic setting. Benefits
include peer mentoring, tutoring, academic and career counseling, guidance on transferring
to a four-year college or university, and a gathering place to build community, and
California is home to an estimated 1.8 million veterans, and California community
colleges enroll approximately 80,000 veterans and active duty members annually. More
than 3,500 active and non-active duty military, military veterans, or military spouses
and dependents are enrolled at City College, and more than 4,800 are enrolled at Mesa
City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, along with San Diego Continuing Education already
provide veterans with career and educational counseling and support, and the new funding
will help City and Mesa improve services provided at their veterans’ resource centers.
As the second-largest of California’s 72 community college districts, the San Diego
Community College District serves approximately 100,000 students annually through
three two-year colleges and San Diego Continuing Education. The three colleges, San
Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, offer associate
degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for transfer
to four-year colleges and entry-level jobs. Mesa College also offers a bachelor’s
degree in Health Information Management. Continuing Education offers noncredit adult
education at seven campuses throughout San Diego.
Photo Caption: Student veterans show their pride at San Diego Mesa College.
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