The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) was established in spring 2008 to better serve Butte College's Student Veterans. Butte College's VRC serves veterans by offering support and assistance, as needed, in navigating the often murky waters of transitioning back into the civilian world. As the number of Veterans returning from the overseas conflicts continues to increase, our goal is to help them complete their education or continue on to additional levels of academia. To this end, and to assist the Veteran in his or her daily life, the VRC staff connects Veterans with existing community services and advocates for the development of new services to meet the growing need. Services provided by the Veterans Resource Center include:
Peer support and mentoring
Access to computers with printing, copying, & faxing
Lending program for graphing calculators
Referrals to the on-campus Mental Health Specialist
Financial aid information & application assistance
Lounge area with T.V., couches, movies, internet, coffee, and study tables
Support from the counseling office and quick access to counselors
Provide resource workshops to assist veterans
Create a relaxing atmosphere for our veterans to study and network with other veterans
Disabled Veterans compensation information
Provide a meeting place for the Student Veterans Organization in the VRC
The Veterans Resource Center is located on the Butte College main campus, Swing Space C and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our staff consists of Veterans who have attended or are currently attending Butte College, and who will treat their fellows with an empathy and respect born of shared experiences. Already our staff has met with Veterans seeking help with such serious issues as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse. We were able to direct these individuals to appropriate community resources. The VRC staff also serves as a liaison between Veterans and the college, providing a voice for those whose needs might otherwise go unmet. All Veterans are welcome and can expect to receive professional, courteous, and compassionate support in pursuit of their educational or vocational goals at Butte College.
The Veterans Resource Center is an extension of the Office of Veterans Services. Expansion of services is dependent on available resources. From time-to-time, opportunities will present themselves for the community to make contributions towards a specific need.