MSJC Opens Second Veterans Resource Center

November 7, 2013
 
A grand opening was held on Nov. 7 for the center on the San Jacinto Campus. The Menifee Valley Campus also has a Veterans Resource Center.
 
Mt. San Jacinto College is providing full services to veterans who return to college through its Veterans Resource Centers.
 
The college celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on the San Jacinto Campus on Nov. 7. The Veterans Resource Center on the Menifee Valley Campus has been serving student-veterans since 2012. These centers are designed to help the more than 800 veterans that college district serves. The district runs from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula and has campuses in Banning, San Jacinto, Menifee and a complex in Temecula, with a second location opening in Temecula in 2014.
 
The grand opening celebration included presentation of the Colors, the National Anthem, posting of the Colors, and a presentation of the POW/MIA Remembrance Table by The March Air Reserve Base Honor Guard Team.
 
Grace Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2266 gave the invocation of ceremony and the benediction. MSJC Superintendent/President Roger Schultz welcomed the guests. Speakers were: Mr. Marvin Funk, Pearl Harbor Survivor; Mr. John Melandrez, Order of the Purple Heart; Mr. Morton Gollin, American Ex-Prisoner of War II; Mr. Ed Bardwell, WWII and Korean veteran VFW 2262.
 
The centers at MSJC provide student-veterans with counselors who specialize in GI Bill benefits, educational counseling and can help veterans connect with the resources they need to succeed at MSJC.
 
MSJC is proud to serve its student-veteran population and to be a part of the commitment by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and President Obama’s “8 Keys to Success” plan to help student-veterans at college. MSJC is one of more than 90 community colleges to implement President Obama’s plan. The plan helps veterans to afford and complete college degrees and certificates in preparation for jobs in high-growth sectors of the economy. See http://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families/8-keys-success-sites
 
MSJC’s Veterans Resource Centers offer services that include a full-time dedicated school certifying official; free veteran-to-veteran tutoring and peer mentoring; and free computer use. The centers also provide returning veterans a smooth transition into college life.
 
The centers have lounge areas with sofas, conference and study areas for meetings and tutoring. They also provide veterans with a place for camaraderie. 
 
The Veterans Resource Center on the San Jacinto Campus is located in room 1560. The VRC on the Menifee Valley Campus is in Room 1017.
 
Veterans and their families can find out more by logging on to www.msjc.edu or by contacting Hyman M. Alvia, MSJC veterans counselor, at 951-487-3248 or at halvia@msjc.edu
 
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Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent/President Roger Schultz speaks at the Veterans Resource Center grand opening on the San Jacinto Campus, November 7, 2013.