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State Update: California

University Business, Nov 2011

Veterans returning to civilian life will find it easier to get education and employment with a new “memorandum of understanding” between California Community Colleges (CCC) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet).

Under the agreement, CalVet will help veterans streamline the community college application process and inform them of their surrounding community colleges by using the ZIP code on completed reintegration forms to identify the closest schools. They will also assist them with information on applying for and using Veterans Administration education benefits to pay for college. For its part, CCC will provide details on all 112 colleges in its system, as well as college contacts and student veteran websites.

The CCC is the largest higher education system in the country, with more than 2.9 million students. It enrolls 75 percent of the veterans using GI Bill education benefits in California. According to California’s Employment Development Department, some 30,000 men and women return to civilian life each year in the state.

“Our returning service members need access to the training offered at our colleges and this memorandum of understanding reaffirms the commitment our system and CalVet have to these veterans to get them enrolled and working toward their educational goals,” says Chancellor Jack Scott.