Veterans Freedom Center
Transitioning from military life to campus life can be difficult for many veterans. Veterans can find it challenging to readjust while balancing other responsibilities, coping with military related injuries, or finding peers on campus. Evergreen Valley College provides services specifically for veterans on campus, such as a veteran’s resource center that has a lounge, kitchenette, computer lab with free printing services, a dedicated Veterans Counselor, and a Community Engagement Specialist. EVC’s deliberate steps to ease the transition for veteran students benefits them, their families, and the community. Veterans Freedom Center (VFC) is located in the Gullo II building, phone: (408)223-6789, or email EVCVet@evc.edu.
The Veterans Freedom Center maintains a competent, highly-trained and diversely experienced counselor. The primary goal of the Counselor is to provide opportunities for student Veterans to clarify their personal, academic, and career values and goals; develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-direction, to make informed decisions, and utilize resources. The following comprehensive counseling services.
Academic Counseling: Academic counseling includes educational goal-setting, exploring educational options and opportunities, evaluating educational potential, and providing the student with clear, concise and up-to-date educational information.
Career Counseling: Career counseling provides the student with an opportunity for clarification and integration of career and educational goals, study of careers and life-styles, vocational and career testing, and acts as a liaison linking Veterans to College Counseling services such as presentations of resource speakers, special career counseling events and career decision making courses.
Personal Counseling: Personal counseling is provided on a limited basis to students who seek assistance in resolving personal, relational, self-identity, or health-related problems which are limiting or interfering with the student’s ability to successfully pursue a college education.
Veterans Educational Benefits
Veterans enrolled at the College may be eligible for educational benefits under the Veterans Administration Educational Benefits Program. These benefits include a monthly educational allowance. Most, but not all, of the courses at the College are approved for payment of VA benefits. Interested veterans and/or eligible dependents must complete a Veterans Benefits Request Form for each enrollment period (Semester) in which they wish to receive educational benefits. All Veteran students and dependents applying for benefits are required to have an approved Education Plan initiated through the steps found on our Veterans Freedom Center website http://www.evc.edu/current-students/admissions-and-records/veterans-freedom-center. Veterans collecting educational benefits will be subject to the following academic standards of the Veterans Administration for continuing eligibility: 1. Must maintain a minimum of at least a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average in course work attempted. 2. Veterans falling below a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average will be given a maximum of two (2) semesters to correct the academic deficiency and bring their cumulative grade point average to at least the 2.0 (C) minimum requirements. 3. Veterans may be reinstated when the student’s progress is satisfactory i.e. cumulative grade point of 2.0 (C) or higher.
To receive Veterans Benefits, all Veteran Students are required to have an Educational Plan (Ed Plan) created and approved by a Veterans Counselor (per Veterans Administration Policy).
Veterans Certification of Benefits Deadline to ensure VA housing allowance for summer and fall 2018 is May 1, 2018
Veterans Certification of Benefits Deadline to ensure VA housing allowance for intersession and spring 2019 is August 1, 2018
To receive Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefit:
Full Time minimum unit requirement is 12 units.
Part Time minimum unit requirement is 7 units.