Veterans Resource Center

Welcome
to the Veterans Resource Center
“VRC”
Webpage

Updated April 3, 2020

Although the VC campus is temporarily closed, your friends at the VRC are working remotely to provide important updates and support our students.

We Can!

  • Answer your questions,
  • Help you transition to on-line courses,
  • Get you connected with resources like computers, emergency cash and counseling services
  • Schedule academic counseling appointments
  • Help you register for summer and fall 2020
  • Schedule telephone academic counseling appointments
  • Connect you to GI Bill and CalVet educational funding
  • Help you get certified for benefits (update your green form)
  • Get academic tutoring
  • Talk to someone if you are feeling isolate or stressed

Team VRC Members are available
Monday - Friday (also during Spring break)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Important General Information


Priority Registration for summer and fall semesters has been delayed until April 20, 2020.

For continuing students, your registration date will be updated in your Student Portal
 
All summer courses will be online instruction
 
The campus closure and transition to distance learning will not affect your GI Bill or Basic Housing per VA recent changes in policy.
 
VRC Workers have been personally calling, emailing and updating social media to keep our veterans and all military-connected students updated with important information.
On March 21, the President signed Senate Bill S. 3503, which enables the VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The bill allows for temporary continued payment of educational benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.
In addition, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.

All VC’s summer 2020 courses will be offered only on-line, the course of the virus may determine whether Fall 2020 courses will be offered in-person. Either way, GI Bill payments will remain the same through December 21, 2020, so VC students are covered. 


Image of the Veterans Resource Center


Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

Location: Campus Student Center (CSC)
Faces Telegraph Road, between Admin Building & Athletic Sportsplex
Phone: (805) 289-6060

VRC Fall 2019 Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
If you need an appointment outside of these hours, please ask.


★ VRC Mission Statement ★


The Ventura College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is committed to establishing a supportive environment and welcoming campus culture for all Active Duty, Veteran and eligible Dependents of Veterans. The VRC was founded on the premise that the challenges faced by veterans may be addressed through a combination of services emphasizing academics, camaraderie and overall wellness. VRC staff are here to help provide that support and to guide military students through the process of achieving their educational goals.


The VRC offers personalized services to veterans, active duty military and eligible dependents in a welcoming environment:

  • Application assistance for VC admission and course registration
  • Academic counseling such as transcript evaluation, and developing education plans
  • Access to V.A. & CalVet Educational Benefits
  • Study area
  • Computers, printers, and scanners
  • Lounge space, restroom and kitchenette

Stop by the VRC and we would be happy to give you a tour of the VRC. 


Come in and meet our friendly military staff members!


Lisette Weatherby, VRC Office Assistant, is a U.S. Navy Seabee Veteran who served on active duty from 2004 to 2009. She obtained her Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Laverne in 2014 and has experience and passion for helping the veteran community. Lisette is the Office Assistant at Ventura College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) continuing to serve those who served.


Jermane G. Jackson (JJ), VRC Social Worker Intern. JJ graduated from Ventura High School in 1997 and attended Ventura College from 1997 to 2000 where he received his Associates of Arts degree. After V.C., JJ attended California State University, Long Beach where he received his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Upon graduation, JJ enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served 12 and a half years. During his 12 and a half years of service, JJ deployed 4 times in defense of our country (Iraq 2005 and 2011, Africa 2013 and Kuwait 2015) and achieved the ranks of Sergeant ( 4 years Enlisted) and Captain (8 and a half years Commissioned).  Currently JJ is in his final year at the University of Southern California where is in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work working towards his Master’s Degree in Military Social Work.


J.Jackman, VRC Student Worker - former Air Force aircraft mechanic (primarily F-16s) turned aspiring aerospace engineer. Literally experienced in and learning more about rocket science.


Kyle Phillips, VRC Student Worker and former 0621 Field Radio Operator in the U.S. Marine Corps. I'm currently finishing my general education at Ventura College, and I really enjoy working on and driving cars or spending time with my Wife.


Hello everyone I'm Shipley. I'm a full time student at VC and Student Worker at the VRC at Ventura College. I was in the Army for 11 years and my MOS was 68W Combat Medic. I'm getting an associates in Fire Technology and EMS Paramedic to hopefully become a fire medic. Stop by the VRC some time to say hi.


Helina Bailey

"Helina Bailey, former U.S. Army 35P, working towards an AA in Business Management at Ventura College. I am a children's author and writer, hoping to own my own indie publishing company one day. Pop into the VRC to say hello.  I am happy to assist in any writing projects you may have."


Veteran's Affairs School Certifying Officials

Sandra Gustafson
Email: sgustafson@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 289-6045

Karyl Osher
Email: karylosher@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 289-6534

Sarah Mossembekker
Email: smossembekker@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 289-6041


Photo of Jordana Ybarra-TeliasVRC Program Coordinator
Jordana Ybarra-Telias
Email: jordana_telias1@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 289-6597


 

 

Photo of Lisette WeatherbyVRC Office Manager
Lisette Weatherby
Email: lisette_weatherby1@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 289-6060