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Veteran Services
A-300, One-Stop Student Services Center
phone: (619) 660-4282

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Veteran Resource Center
I-121, Student Center
phone: (619) 660-4060

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Fri: 9:00am to 12:00pm

V.E.T.S. Staff
Debra Ayers
- VA Certifying Official, Admissions and Records
Osvaldo Torres
- Counselor
Kaylin Rosal
- VA workstudy, Counseling
619-660-4542

 

Serving Those Who Serve Us

Cuyamaca’s Veterans Services is a comprehensive student success program that requires multi-department coordination between Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Students Programs and Services, and General Counseling.


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News and Updates

Coyote Brief Veterans Newsletter - Fall 2014

IMPORTANT: Student Comprehensive Educational Plans will be required beginning FALL 2014 for those using their GI Bill benefits. If you have not met with the VA counselor to create one for your major please call 619-660-4429 for an appointment. 



VETS Mobile App Check out our new mobile webapp for your phone: Click here for details.

NOW HIRING: VA Work Study. Click here for details.

PRIORITY REG: Effective Fall 2014: All new Veteran Students must complete orientation, math and English assessment, in addition to submitting their DD-214 in order to receive enrollment priority. Please visit the important changes website for more information.

Cuyamaca V.E.T.S.

Cuyamaca College enrolls over 550 veterans with approximately 300 completing the certification process in order to begin receiving their VA benefits. Cuyamaca consistently sees more than 500 applications from Veterans to Cuyamaca College from new and continuing students. Through Cuyamaca’s V.E.T.S. program (Veterans Education Transition Services), veterans are provided a roadmap for student success at Cuyamaca College geared towards meeting the needs of military veterans by assisting them with making the transition from the military to college life. The comprehensive program provides a variety of services to the veteran student such as:

Veterans Affairs

This is the starting point most veterans pass through when applying to Cuyamaca College. Veterans submit their DD-214 (discharge papers), have their coursework and current class schedules reviewed by an evaluator and complete the necessary forms to process their application to receive benefits. The VA office at Admissions and Records provides certification on pay ability of educational benefits under chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607, or via TA (Tuition Assistance).

Counseling

Osvaldo Torres is the designated counselor to serve all veterans and understand the particular issues associated with this population who are pursuing an associate’s degree, certificate or transfer to a four year university. After meeting with a counselor, veterans will have an education plan and assistance with identification of an educational goal. Counseling services continuously participates in on-going training and activities to support the veteran student’s needs at Cuyamaca College including:
  • Troops to College
  • Veterans Success Jam Sessions
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill Eligibility and Benefits
  • CAMFT workshop
  • Veteran Success Jam Session on Working with Veterans with PTSD

Priority Registration

Veterans and active duty personnel are currently granted priority registration. State law requires community college districts to grant a four-year window after the date of discharge. Veteran students must submit their DD-214 in order to be eligible for priority enrollment status.  Active Duty personnel must submit their current military ID to Admissions and Records each semester they wish to enroll in order to be eligible for priority enrollment status.

Disabled Students Programs & Services

On a case by case basis DSPS provides linkage for veteran students to community based resources for assistance with PTSD counseling or other community resources as needed. DSPS also provides accommodations to Veterans who need special resources and satisfy the needs of the student.

Military to Student Life

Cuyamaca provides COUN (Counseling) courses specifically for veteran students and workshops including campus wide cultural sensitivity events such as Veterans Day during College Hour.

 


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