Friday, October 30, 2015

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges hosting events honoring veterans

From participating in a parade along Harbor Drive in San Diego to a “Bowling for SVO” fundraiser, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities in commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11.

With nearly 1,500 veterans enrolled for the current semester at East County’s only public institutions of higher education -- a number that is steadily climbing -- 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. 2-Nov. 13 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. 2, from noon-3 p.m., Veterans Resource Center (Room 121 in Student Center) 
  •  Student Veteran Organization will be selling pizza with chips and soda to raise funds.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 1-2 p.m., Room 104 in Student Center

  •  Workshop for veterans on resume-building

Wednesday, Nov. 4, noon-1:30 p.m., Water Conservation Garden

  •  Student veterans barbeque co-hosted by the college and the El Cajon Elks Lodge

.Thursday, Nov. 5, 9-11 a.m., Transfer Center in Students Services One-Stop Center

  • CSU transfer application workshop for student veterans

Saturday, Nov. 7, 3-5 p.m., Parkway Bowl, 1280 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon
  • Bowling for SVO: Support Cuyamaca College’s Student Veteran Organization in this bowling fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward student veterans’ educational support programs and initiatives, including scholarships, book loans and school supplies.


Monday, Nov. 9

  •  A POW/MIA tribute table will be set up to honor service members who are missing in action or prisoners of war, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Student Center, Building 60

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Main Quad
  • Veterans’ Appreciation BBQ, a fundraiser for the SVO, with support from the Associated Students of Grossmont College.

  •  Bloodmobile and military recruiters with a pull-up challenge 

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The SVOs of the region’s colleges and universities are joining together to participate in Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Diego in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II and America’s Greatest Generation. All student veterans and families are welcome to join. The parade route is approximately one mile long, starting at North Harbor Drive one block south of Grape Street, proceeding past the USS Midway Museum, and ending at Pacific Highway. Marshalling area for assembling units prior to the start is in the North Harbor Drive traffic lanes which will be barricaded directly south of Grape Street for two blocks. Assemble at 9 a.m.

Thursday and Friday, Nov.  12-13

  • A POW/MIA tribute table will be set up to honor service members who are missing in action or prisoners of war, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Student Center, Building 60

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For more information about Grossmont events, contact Briona Partin, president of the Student Veterans Organization at

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

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