The Citrus College Veterans Center is the central hub for our veterans program, offering a wide array of services to our student veterans.
One of the biggest issues facing combat veterans is social isolation. Many of these combat veterans have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, especially adjusting to college. We have over 100 veterans on campus, most have just recently returned from Iraq (OIF) or Afghanistan (OEF).
The Veterans Center provides a relaxing place for them to meet, receive the latest veteran benefits information, coordinate with their Veterans Network (club), have workshops and meet with veterans service organizations, and allows the staff to more easily manage the Book Fund and "Higher Education Transitional Skills for Veterans and Families" from one central location.
Citrus College was the first college in nation to offer a transition course for veterans. The Veterans Center, centrally located on campus, is a natural extension of the service provided to our veteran students. Our center is state-of-the-art in terms of services and atmosphere.
Funding for the Veterans Center has come from our Wal-mart grant and the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant. The idea was conceived and implemented by Dr. Bruce Solheim with the assistance of many volunteers, the Veterans Advisory Committee, and, especially, the support of the former Citrus College Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Jeanne Hamilton.
All are welcome to check out the center anytime. See how we treat our brave men and women who have served our great nation in war and in peace. We stand ready to help those who have served transition back to civilian life.
The Veterans Center will provide:
· GI BILL processing and information
· Information on counseling
· Veterans Book Fund
· Student Veterans Network
· Counseling 160 - Strategies for College Success: Veterans' Emphasis
· Peer to peer support groups for student veterans
· Workshops and veterans organization contacts
The Veterans Center at Citrus College is something for our community to be proud of.
Location: IC Building, between the ED Building to the west and the LB Building to the east
Veterans Center Staff:
Monica Christianson, MA : program director/support counseling
Phone: (626) 852-6457
Laura Villegas, MS : academic counselor
Phone: (626) 852-6421
Sheila Hatfield : certifying official
Phone: (626) 852-6421