GCC Resources for Veteran Students

Alexis Figueroa, Staff Writer

Glendale Community College offers several programs to different students, regardless of age or status, and the veteran community is no different. The campus has a special Resource Center and regularly hosts workshops to teach about services available to these students and their families. 

A Veteran Benefits Workshop was held  Nov. 16, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Tongva Building Annex. “Our network will help connect any Veteran and their family members to the following services regardless of discharge status,” the event flyer reads. They have around nine available services such as peer support, education enrollment/final assistance, mental health support/treatment and many more. 

El Vaquero analyzed existing programs within the program. One program, the Veteran Work-Study Program, allows students who are active duty members or veterans to work at the Chatsworth Vet Center. This center focuses on helping Veterans connect with resources and do daily administrative duties. This is beneficial to work at because you can get paid $15/hour and can also put this in your resume for future jobs to look at. There are a couple of qualifications to work at this program which, “Must be enrolled as a three-quarters or full-time student in a college, vocational, or professional program.” For more information, visit the following page: Veteran Work-Study Program

Yet another program, the PTSD Coach-Mobile App, aims to help students who suffer from PTSD to learn and manage their symptoms. The app includes “tools for screening and tracking your symptoms.” 

On the GCC website Success Stories, Veterans Resource Center, former student Cameron Thompson said that he didn’t think he fit into the college world. “And to all of the staff at the Veterans Resource Center…I owe you a life debt of gratitude,” his message reads. Another student spotlighted on the page who also attended GCC was Matthew Follet, who transferred to UCLA and now graduated law school.

The location of the Veterans Resource Center is Tongva Building Annex and in-person hours are from Monday thru Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They will serve students through a Zoom session or email from Monday through Friday, from 9  to 5 p.m. 

To schedule an appointment, email Jolie Morris [email protected] or call 818-240-1000 ext. 5821 during the office hours. 

Alexis Figueroa can be reached at [email protected]