SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Dec. 5, 2014—The fourth annual California Community Colleges Veterans Summit took place this Thursday and Friday, December 4th and 5th, in San Jose, California. This year’s event was the largest to date, featuring over 20 panel discussions and bringing together nearly 300 professionals who work with student veterans, including California Community College faculty, staff, and administrators and veteran services coordinators from the California State University and University of California systems.
“We're pleased to support the ongoing effort to create a welcoming environment for our veterans at California Community Colleges,” said Keetha Mills, Foundation President and CEO.
This year’s summit included sessions on various student veteran issues, including creating campus veterans resource centers, housing for student veterans, mentorship programs, and granting college credit for military service.
“This is a great opportunity for higher education professionals to connect with their colleagues across the state and exchange experiences from their work with student veterans,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “We are committed to seeing all of our students succeed, but student veterans often face unique roadblocks in achieving their goals. The veterans summits are one of the ways we have been able to help community colleges develop the expertise to serve them well.”
Keynote speakers included Jon Warren, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who currently works at an outpatient clinic in Newport Beach that specializes in treating neurological disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, and Dr. David Joseph, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating veterans’ issues and serves as director of the Oakland Veterans Center. Dr. Manuel Baca, immediate past president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and a Vietnam veteran, also spoke at the event.
The summit was a collaborative effort between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and was supported by generous donations from the Land of the Free Foundation and Kognito Interactive.
Read more about this year’s summit at veteranssummit.org.
About the California Community Colleges
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community Colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. | www.cccco.edu
About the Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with community colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. | www.foundationccc.org