For Immediate Release: April 10, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Moran
Citrus College Named Military Friendly® School for Seventh Consecutive Year
Designation reflects efforts to recruit, serve military students
Glendora, Calif. - Citrus College has been named a Military Friendly® School for 2017. This is the seventh consecutive year the college has earned this recognition.
The Military Friendly® School designation by G.I. Jobs, a monthly magazine published by media company Victory Media, is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom.
"I am proud to be a part of Citrus College's welcoming community of students, faculty and staff who are here to support our service members," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "This designation of a Military Friendly® School is a testament to the dedicated support and assistance available at the college to members of the military transitioning to student life."
The college's Veterans Success Center serves approximately 500 veterans annually. "We are honored to be recognized for the work we do for our students who have served, or who are currently in service to our country," said Dr. Monica Christianson, director of the Veterans Success Center. "These men and women make a valuable contribution to our college community every day."
Located in a 3,700 square-foot facility that offers computers, quiet rooms for studying and a garden for veterans to maintain and grow food, the Veterans Success Center services include mental health management, academic counseling and financial aid assistance.
Charles Henderson, a student veteran and former member of the United States Marine Corps, emphasized the important role of veterans support services on campus. "I'm grateful that Citrus College has the Veterans Success Center. Since I first stepped on campus and sat down with Monica, the center has helped me tremendously. I am glad that we have these services when we need direction and assistance."
Student veteran Albert Fuentes, former United States Army soldier, added that the Veteran Success Center is a comfortable place that allows student veterans to study in a stress-free environment. "It's like my second home; the people who work here are fantastic."
Citrus College recently collaborated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide medical exams, screenings and follow-ups for student veterans on campus. The partnership marked the first time the VA offered telehealth services on a California college campus. "This type of service saves the student veterans many hours of commuting and wait times, making the Veteran Success Center a true one stop shop,"