Citrus College's exemplary services to veterans have garnered outstanding recognition over the years, receiving grants from the Wal-Mart Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as publicity at the national, state and local levels.
In October 2012, the State Chancellor's Office invited the community colleges to submit a short video presented at the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit II (December 6 and 7, 2012) in Redwood City. The purpose of the video is to highlight student veterans who attend the state's community colleges and to inform the viewers of the services that help the students transition to civilian and college life. The colleges were encouraged to communicate, through the student veterans' personal stories, "both the challenges that student veterans are encountering as they return from active duty and enroll in community colleges and how colleges are responding to meet their needs."
Citrus College's entry, "The Citrus College Veterans Center," features two student veterans, John Koko and Mayra Marchington, former Marines, who offer candid personal accounts of their lives after their discharge from military service and of the circumstances that led them to attend Citrus College. In addition, John and Mayra discuss the ways in which the Citrus College Veterans Center has helped them in both their academic and their personal lives, and they share their hopes for the future. The video, which was videotaped and directed by Citrus College alumnus Brian Y. Marsh, can be viewed below and on the Chancellor's Office website.