Veterans Education Transition Services (V.E.T.S.)
News and Updates
Coyote Brief Veterans Newsletter - Spring 2014
Comprehensive Educational Plan required beginning FALL 2014. If you have not met with the VA counselor to create one for your current major please call 619-660-4252 for an appointment. This must be on file with the Veterans Service Office to assure that your benefits will not be delayed.
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:
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).
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
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.