Veteran community partnerOver the past months, Skyline College has hosted multiple events in support of Student Veteran Success. The common thread that makes the events so impactful is collaboration with community veteran support organizations. The Veterans Resource Center has partnered with the San Mateo County Veterans Service Office to provide on-site drop-in appointments once a month to veterans and dependents. In early February, the San Francisco VA Medical Center provided on-site enrollment and ID Card photo opportunities for qualifying veterans. The long-standing partnership created with SF VA Medical Center has resulted in the presence of a VA counselor on the Skyline College campus once a week to provide services and resources to qualifying veterans and dependents.

On March 1, 2017, Skyline College hosted a training for SMCCCD Veterans Counselors, Certifying Officials, and support staff, led by Daniel Avegalio, Veterans Resource Center Supervisor at American River College. Daniel is a leader in the Veterans Services field and thanks to his generosity, we were able to provide on-campus training to enhance our knowledge, best practices, and processes for serving veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and their families.

The partnerships we have created, and continue to build, allow Skyline College and the team who supports veteran’s services to provide high quality support and resources to service men and women and their families. The ability to have community partners on campus not only saves time, but provides our students with opportunities to receive services they may not otherwise have easy access to. Adding to this theme, Skyline College will host the 2nd annual Veterans Resource Event on March 29th from 10am-3pm in Bldg. 6. Over 30 campus and community partners will come together in support of veterans and their family members. We look forward to this and other opportunities to grow our student veteran support network.

Article by Gina Ciardella | Photo by Eric Imahara