Veterans Resource Center: Helping student vets succeed in school and life

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Courtesy of Veterans Resource Center
Los Altos Rotarian Ron Labetich addresses student veterans at the Veterans Resource Center’s new student orientation held in January.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center aims to create a supportive environment that enables the success of military veterans through academics, wellness and camaraderie. The VRC provides support services for student veterans, military service members and/or their dependents. The nonprofit is committed to supporting veterans in achieving academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

• 2020 update: Since its founding in 2010, the VRC annually has served on average 185 students using their Veterans Affairs benefits. Although the VRC location has been closed since shelter-in-place restrictions began in March, it continues to offer student veterans many of the same critical services that are offered on the Foothill campus, including academic counseling, financial aid information, application assistance and book vouchers.

While students and staff miss being on campus, the opportunity to connect with other student veterans in daily Zoom chats helps maintain the community and camaraderie the VRC is known for.

“It has been a challenging transition for our VRC students and our team to be working remotely,” said Julie Brown, veterans resource specialist. “The VRC services are vital to our students because in some cases it becomes one of the many determining factors for their success. We have learned during these prevalent times that we need to continue to establish a virtual space that is equivalent to being on campus, so our student veterans can continue to connect and receive the support they need to be successful.”

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations fund the VRC’s book voucher program, currently its most used service, and help veterans pay for additional books they may not be able to afford. It also will contribute to school supplies such as calculators, Scantron multiple-choice test sheets, blue books and study kits.

Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College

Location: Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Founded: 2010
Annual budget: N/A
Staff: 1 staff member, 1 academic counselor; the center hires some VA work-study students each term


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