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Location:
Veterans Resource Center, Rm 1150 (Located in the new Student Services Center)

Phone Number:
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55144

Email:
vets@gwc.cccd.edu

Hours of Operation:
Fall Semester
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Point of Contact

Dr. Susana Castellanos-Gaona
Veterans Resource Center, Student Equity and Achievement Manager
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55301
scastellanos-gaona@gwc.cccd.edu

Christie Vega, M.S.
Veterans Resource Center Specialist
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55144
cvega28@gwc.cccd.edu

David Negreros, USMC, BGS
Veteran Education Benefits Specialist
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55030
dnegreros@gwc.cccd.edu

Michael Carrizo, USMC
Student Veteran Organization Advisor
mcarrizo@gwc.cccd.edu

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)


On behalf of Golden West College, we welcome and thank you for serving our country! GWC is proud to assist and stand by active duty military, veterans, and their families as they pursue their personal and academic goals at our veteran-friendly campus.

Mission Statement


The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) addresses the unique needs of our GWC military connected student population by providing them with the tools they need to meet their academic and personal goals. The VRC does this successfully by collaborating with various campus and community resources. Through this collaboration, the VRC serves as a valuable point of contact for its military connected students, helping them to receive the following services and support:

VRC Elements


The VRC is a welcoming place for our student veterans to relax, grab a bite to eat, and study. We highly recommend our student veterans to visit and utilize the resources in the VRC. We work to help all of our student veterans get connected to different campus and community resources, according to their needs and goals. If you have any questions or concerns, whether they be academic or personal, we will assist you until you get your answers.

To allow for our student veterans to do all of this, the VRC houses the following resources and tools:

Due to COVID-19, the Golden West College campus is closed to students, faculty, staff, and community members. For further information, go to https://www.cccd.edu/aboutus/novelcoronavirus/Pages/default.aspx. We are eager to open our space up to our new and returning military connected students when it is safe and appropriate. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

• Lounge Area
If you’d like to relax and take a break, enjoy our comfortable lounge area. You can stretch out and catch up with your friends on our comfortable couches. There’s also a TV in this space used to share important school and community announcements.

• Computer Lab
Do you have a paper or some online math homework to crank out? If so, stop by and use our computer lab to get your assignments accomplished. We also have free academic printing; so, you’re able to print as much as you need.

• Quiet Study Area
If you need a place to review your notes before an exam, you can hunker down in our quiet study area. There are two large whiteboards at your disposal, adjustable seating, and outlets. And, there’s a large window with a beautiful view of the campus.

• Mess Hall
Hungry? Grab a bite to eat in our mess hall. You’ll find grab and go snacks, breakfast sandwiches, string cheese, water, etc. And, if you’d like to make a cup of coffee before starting your day, we have a Keurig machine to brew yummy cups of joe.

Perks


The VRC also features perks that give our student veterans the chance to find comradery, allies, and academic support:

Due to COVID-19, the Golden West College campus is closed to students, faculty, staff, and community members. For further information, go to https://www.cccd.edu/aboutus/novelcoronavirus/Pages/default.aspx. We are eager to open our space up to our new and returning military connected students when it is safe and appropriate. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you’re in need of school supplies, food, financial assistance, a safe space, etc., please don’t hesitate to contact the VRC Specialist, Christie Vega, right away at cvega28@gwc.cccd.edu or (714) 892-7711 ext. 55144.

• School Supplies – In the lounge area of the VRC, you’ll find a cabinet filled with school supplies for our student veterans to take and use as they need. Stop by and grab a binder, notebook, pens and pencils, etc.

• Snacks & Food – Hungry? Grab a bite to eat in our Mess Hall. You’ll find grab and go snacks, breakfast sandwiches, string cheese, water, etc. And, if you’d like to make a cup of coffee before starting your day, we have a Keurig machine to brew yummy cups of joe.

• Scholarships – If you’d like to apply to scholarship opportunities, please speak with the VRC Specialist, Christie Vega. There are several scholarship opportunities that our student veterans participate in every year, including the Assistance League scholarship.

• Fun Events – The VRC and the SVO host several fun events each semester, allowing our student veterans to enjoy themselves and create friendships. For instance, we have Movie Nights, Game Nights, various celebratory ceremonies, SVO outings, holiday celebrations, etc.

• Free Printing – Want to print out your English paper before class? Well, come on by to the VRC; we have free printing available for you.

• Tutoring – Need Math of English Tutoring? The VRC offers free online tutoring services.

For one-on-one 30 min tutoring appointments, please send an email to one of the following tutors:

English Tutor, David Negreros, USMC – dnegreros@gwc.cccd.edu

Math Tutor, Nick Cardiel, Army – ncardiel@gwc.cccd.edu

Attend open tutoring hours every Tuesday & Thursday from 8am – 10am & 2pm – 4pm:

Zoom Meeting Link: https://US04WEB.ZOOM.US/J/75421268542

Zoom Meeting ID: 754 2126 8542

• Chromebook Loan Program – Need a laptop to help complete your academic goals? We have laptops available for our student veterans to check out. To participate in this program:

You must fill out the Gecko User Request Form: https://app.geckoform.com/public/#/modern/22FO002lq7d444007w9etb6pfp

You must be able to pick up the Chromebook in person on a Tuesday outside of GWC’s new Math and Science building between 11am – 12pm.

You must wear a face mask when on GWC’s campus.

Counseling Services


The Veterans Resource Center provides its student veterans with veteran-specific counseling to address their different questions and concerns. The following counselors are located in the VRC:

Veteran-Specific Academic Counseling
Our academic counselors will assist you with clarifying career and educational goals, educational planning and course selection, and university transfer.

Since a student education plan is required by the Veterans Affairs (VA), we strongly recommend that you check in with the veteran-specific academic counselor at least once a semester to make sure that everything is going according to your academic goals.

Veteran-Specific Academic Counselor’s schedule:

Heather Antunez, Humanities & STEM – hantunez@gwc.cccd.edu

Nancy Nguyen, Nursing – dnguyen1142@gwc.cccd.edu

Beginning Monday, March 30, you may schedule a video or phone appointment with a counselor online or by phone at (714) 895-8799.  If you are in a special program (e.g., EOPS/CARE, DSPS, or International Students), please reach your counselor though the special program’s webpage or phone number.

Click on this link for more information about the Counseling Division: http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/counseling/

Veteran Education Benefits Specialist
Our Veterans Education Benefits Specialist, David Negreros, works closely with the Admissions and Records Department and the VA School Certifying Official, Sonia Cazarez, to ensure that you’re maximizing your VA benefits.

Please email or call David Negreros to get your questions answered regarding your VA benefits.

dnegreros@gwc.cccd.edu
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55030

Veteran-Specific Personal Counseling
We have partnered with U.S. Vets: Outside the Wire to assist our student veterans smoothly transition from military life to civilian life.

Nicole Souders, Therapist – Nsouders@usvetsinc.org

Michelle Fuentes,Case Manager mfuentes@usvetsinc.org

Dr. Miatta Snetter, Therapist – Msnetter@usvetsinc.org

OTW Toll Free Number: 888-556-9993 (student veterans can make an anonymous appointment, as a member of US Vets OTW will respond to this number)

Veterans Crisis Line (for emergencies that cannot wait): 800-273-8255 (veterans should press option #1)

Click on this link for more information about U.S. Vets: Outside the Wire

Student Veteran Organization (SVO)
The VRC is home to the Student Veteran Organization. The SVO represents the collective voice of the student veteran population at GWC, enacting positive change, hosting fun events, and making lasting friendships. Get involved and contact Michael, Manny, or Christie!

Michael Carrizo, USMC
Student Veteran Organization Advisor
mcarrizo@gwc.cccd.edu

Community Resources


Here you’ll find available community resources for veterans according to your question.

 

# Questions About Refer Veteran To
1 Academic Accommodations http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/dsps/
2 Clothing Working Wardrobes, 3030 Pullman St., Ste. #A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ATTN:Cory Vigil
phone: 714.210.2460
email: coryv@workingwardrobes.orgworkingwardrobes.orgDealhackhttps://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide
3 Employment

Goodwill,3232 S. Fairview St., Santa Ana, CA 92704 ATTN: Eric Cook

phone: 714.640.8360 ext. 2231
email: cooke@OCGoodwill.org

ocgoodwill.org

4 Employment

Volunteers of America, 2100 N. Broadway, Ste. # 300, Santa Ana, CA 92706

phone: 714.415.2207

http://www.voala.org

5 Furniture

Patriots and Paws, 1515 W. Collins Ave., Orange, CA 92867

phone: 714-323-7229
email: patriotsandpaws.org

http://www.patriotsandpaws.org/

6 GI Bill™ Benefits http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/vet-students/benefit-info/
7 Housing

Volunteers of America, 2100 N. Broadway, Ste. # 300, Santa Ana, CA 92706

phone: 714.415.2207

http://www.voala.org

8 Student Loan Forgiveness https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
9 Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255), Press 1.

http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/

Text for Assistance: 838255

10 VA Services Veterans Service Office,
1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building B, Santa Ana, CA 92705
phone: 714.480.6555 VA Medical Center, 5901 E 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90822
phone: 562.826.8000
11 Veterans Care Guide https://www.seniorliving.org/research/veteran-care/

Point of Contact

Dr. Susana Castellanos-Gaona
Veterans Resource Center, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) & Student Equity Manager
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55301
scastellanos-gaona@gwc.cccd.edu

Christie Vega, M.S.
Veterans Resource Center Specialist
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55144
cvega28@gwc.cccd.edu

Michael Carrizo
USMC Veteran
Student Veteran Organization Advisor
mcarrizo@gwc.cccd.edu

Manny Leon
Army Veteran
Student Veteran Organization President
mleon2@student.cccd.edu

Location:
Veterans Resource Center, Rm 1150 (Located in the new Student Services Center)

Phone Number:
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55144

email:
vets@gwc.cccd.edu

Hours of Operation:
Fall Semester
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm