From participating in a parade along Harbor Drive in San Diego to a barbecue courtesy of the El Cajon Elks Lodge, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities in commemoration of Veterans Week Nov. 7-10.
With about 1,500 veterans enrolled for the current semester at East County’s only public institutions of higher education, both current and past members of the armed forces are a significant and valued presence within the college communities.
Both colleges have Veteran Affairs or Veteran Services offices serving as a liaison between college and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for, among other things, certification for VA educational benefits. Resource centers are also in place, providing a central entry point for veterans as they transition from the military into the college communities. The centers offer a collaborative delivery of student services such as those tailored for students with disabilities and those needing counseling or access to assistive technologies. The colleges also have a longstanding practice of giving military personnel and veterans top priority in registering for classes.
The Veterans Week programs Nov. 7-10 are presented by the Student Veteran Organization at each campus, with support from student government and the student affairs offices. All events are open to the public.
- Monday, Nov. 7 • 1-2 p.m. • VRC (I-104)
The Scholarship Specialist from the financial aid department will share information about scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Student veterans will also receive important tips and tools to successfully file scholarship applications. RSVP preferred.
Student Veteran Organization Food Sale
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 • noon-2 p.m. • (I-104)
Student Veteran Organization will be selling a pizza combo (with chips and soda), to raise money for club activities.
Student Veterans BBQ
- Thursday, Nov. 10 • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Grand Lawn
A complimentary barbeque courtesy of the El Cajon Elks Lodge for student veterans. Students can win gift cards and Charger tickets. All students are getting an academic supply kit. RSVP requested.
Veterans Week Book Display
- Nov. 7-10 • Cuyamaca College Library
The library will create a book display to honor Veterans Week and those who served in the Armed Forces. The display features books and images related to veterans and their service.
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- Nov. 7-10 • Griffin Gate in the Student Center (Bldg. 60).
A POW/MIA tribute table will be set up to honor service members who are missing in action or prisoners of war.
Student Veterans BBQ
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Main Quad
The Grossmont College Student Veterans Organization is selling hot dogs and hamburgers for $6.
Join San Diego Veterans Day Parade
- Friday, Nov. 11 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. • Harbor Drive in San Diego
The SVOs of the region’s colleges and universities are joining together to participate in Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Diego, a tribute to “The Guardians of Freedom.” The start line is in the vicinity of the Fountain Plaza in front of the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway. The one-mile route proceeds south on North Harbor Drive past the B Street Pier to Broadway where the route turns left onto Broadway for one block to Pacific Highway. The parade proceeds south for two blocks to end at G Street. All student veterans and families are welcome to join. Marshalling area for assembling units prior to the start is by the Star of India Maritime Museum of San Diego at 1492 N. Harbor Drive. Assemble at 9:30 a.m.
San Diego Gulls Military Weekend
- Friday, Nov. 11 • 7 p.m. • Valley View Casino Center
The San Diego Gulls celebrate Military Weekend, Nov. 11-12 vs. the Manitoba Moose. The Grossmont College SVO purchased a block of 36 tickets for club members and student veterans for the Friday night game. Student veterans can pick up their free tickets at the Veterans’ Resource Center in Bldg. 20.
Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For more information about Grossmont events, contact Robert Davis, interim Admissions and Records veterans specialist at (619) 644-7166 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information about Cuyamaca events, contact Jocelyn Pacheco at email@example.com