East County News Service
November 19, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has good news for its nearly 1,700 student veterans.
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have each secured $200,000 in state grants to expand outreach and services to veterans and their dependents. In addition, both colleges have plans in place to nearly triple the size of their veterans resource centers, with construction at Cuyamaca College set to begin next spring.
Chancellor Cindy Miles says, “The men and women in our armed forces have always been there to serve us, and we are proud and honored to in turn to provide them with the services they need to secure the education needed to reach their goals.”
The Grossmont College grant will pay for a veteran program specialist and is in the planning stages of building a new, nearly 3,400-square-foot Veterans Resource Center with a large computer lab and quiet commons, a study center, a meeting room, counselors offices, a lounge and an outdoor patio, said Veterans Counselor Maria Martinez. The new center is scheduled to open in 2021.
At Cuyamaca College, the grant is paying for a part-time Veterans Resource Center coordinator, several new computers, a food pantry for veterans and their family, an expanded textbook library, and an “academic survival kit” with school supplies. In addition, Cuyamaca College is expanding its Veterans Resource Center from 870 to nearly 2500 square feet, with construction set to begin this spring.
Besides the veterans resource centers, those who have served also have access to priority registration, tutoring, specialized counselors and more.