Veterans' Resource Center (VRC)
Struggling to figure out your benefits? Want to find a place to get some work done? Or are you just looking for a sense of community here at Southwestern College?
The Veterans’ Resource Center, which opened in a new space in 2019, is here on campus to help you succeed. Staffed entirely by veterans and student veterans, the VRC is pleased to offer a variety of services.
We offer resources on benefits, school, employment, counseling, and much more. The VRC is also a place to come in and relax, study and meet new people.
As you pursue your academic and career goals, come find us, see how we can help, or just drop in and say hello!
Resource Center Amenities
The VRC has a number of tools and spaces at your disposal to help you thrive at Southwestern College. The Student Veteran Organization meets on site regularly and welcomes students interested in finding out more about its activities.
We also have:
- Workshops & Orientations: Every semester, we offer a wide variety of workshops, on topics such as Financial
Aid, Interview and Resume Writing Skills, updating Student Education Plans (SEPs)
and Veterans benefits and more.
- Fall 2021 Orientation - join us for an informative introduction to Southwestern College and presentations from the Veterans Services Office, the Veterans Resource Center, the Library and Academic Success Center, Counseling, Disability Support Services, Financial Aid, and Personal Wellness. Facilitated by JD White, VRC Coordinator.
- Dates and times TBA. Please check your SWC student email regularly for updates and information.
- Computer Lab: The VRC has a dedicated and expanded computer lab (12 stations) exclusively for the use of student Veterans. We also offer noise-canceling headphones for use while in the lab, to support a focused and productive learning environment.
- Peer-to-Peer Book Exchange: The VRC has a number of textbooks that have been donated by fellow Veterans that can borrowed free of charge. Come by the VRC to see what's available and get more information on the program.
- Peer-to-Peer Tutoring: The VRC, in coordination with the Academic Success Center, offers tutoring for Veterans by Veterans.
Walk of Honor
Our Walk of Honor pays homage to our veterans. Purchase a brick or come by and visit!
News & Information
Find out what organizations and resources are available to you as a veteran.
Benefits & Programs
Not sure how to activate your benefits? You aren’t alone. Let us help.
Resources & FAQ
See all of the options available for help on campus and some frequently asked questions.
Code of Conduct
The Veterans’ Resource Center is committed to the healthy coexistence of all student Veterans. Behavior should reflect maturity.
- The noise level will be kept to a respectable level that is conducive to all guests.
- Veterans’ Resource Center guests are expected to behave in an ethical and moral fashion, respecting the human dignity of all those that enter this facility. Be tolerant of others and respect individual beliefs.
- Harassment of any kind (racial, sexual, and otherwise) will not be tolerated.
- Food and beverages are permitted in designated areas only.
- Telephone calls and disruptive conversations should be taken outside, as to not disrupt other Veterans’ Resource Center guests.
- Headphones are required to be used for music and other electronic devices, as to not disrupt other Veterans’ Resource Center guests.
- The VRC is a safe and supportive environment provided to assist in the successful transition from service member to student Veteran through academics, camaraderie, and wellness.
Students who choose to disrespect the space by violating any of these standards will be asked to leave.
We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.Video chat with Veteran Services on Cranium Cafe
Get In Touch
Contact us if you need help or have questions.
Our VRC Coordinator is John "JD" White, USMC Retired.
Veterans' Resource Center
(Across from Devore Statium)
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Visit Us In Person
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 6:30pm
8:00am - 3:00pm
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.