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Veterans Resource Center

Location:
Veterans Resource Center, SSC Rm 1150 

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

Email:
vets@gwc.cccd.edu

Hours of Operation:
Spring Semester
Mon – Thurs: 8:00am to 6:00pm & Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Points 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

Important Links

Request for Certification:
Every semester request to certify classes for students using VA education benefits. Request for Certification - One per Semester

Parent School Letter Request:
Request to certify for students taking classes at another school. Parent School Letter (PSL) Request Form - One per Secondary School

Add and/or Drop Certified Classes:
Request to add/drop certified classes from current certification. Add and/or Drop Classes Form

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Welcome to the Veterans Resource Center

Veterans. Due to COVID-19, the Golden West College campus is closed to students, faculty, staff, and community members, but continues to operate online. For further information, please visit the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Webpage.

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

Mission Statement


The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) addresses the unique needs of our GWC military connected student population. The VRC does this 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. 

VRC Perks


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

Tutoring – The VRC offers free Math and English tutoring available online. For one-on-one 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, US Army – ncardiel@gwc.cccd.edu

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 Chromebook Loan Program Request Form.You must be able to pick up the Chromebook in person on a Tuesday outside of GWCs new Math & Science building between 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. You must wear a face mask when on campus.

School Supplies – In the lounge area, you will 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.

Scholarships – Golden West College and our community partners offer a variety of scholarship available to our student veterans. If interested, please speak with the VRC Specialist and keep an eye on your student email account.

Fun Events – The VRC and the Student Veterans of America Association (SVAA) host several fun events each semester, allowing our student veterans to enjoy themselves and create friendships. For instance, we have various celebratory ceremonies, SVAA outings, holiday celebrations, etc.

Counseling Services


The VRC provides veteran-specific counseling to address different questions and concerns. The following counselors are located in the VRC:

Veteran-Specific Academic Counseling:

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 everything is going according to your academic goals.

Heather Antunez, Humanities & Nursing Majorshantunez@gwc.cccd.edu or (714) 892-7711 ext. 51060

Kristy Ho, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Majorskho19@gwc.cccd.edu or (714) 892-7711 ext. 52076

To schedule an appointment with either veteran-specific counselor, please call the Counseling Department at (714) 895-8799 or visit the Counseling Department webpage.

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 are maximizing your VA benefits. Please contact David at to get your questions answered regarding your VA benefits.

David Negreros, USMC - dnegreros@gwc.cccd.edu or (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, Therapistnsouders@usvetsinc.org

Michelle Fuentes, Case Manager mfuentes@usvetsinc.org

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

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

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

For additional information, please visit the U.S. Vets: Outside the Wire Website

Community Resources


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

# Questions About Refer Veteran To
1 Academic Accommodations 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.org 
Dealhack https://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 BillBenefits https://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/enrollment/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/

 

 

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