|Veterans & Military Families Outreach Services
HAFA ADAI & WELCOME TO GUAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE (GCC)
|GCC is proud to announce that once again this year, its commitment to providing Guam's Veterans with education and workforce skills has landed GCC on the Military Times Best for Vets Career and Technical Colleges list. This is the second consecutive year that GCC has been selected by The Military Times as a "Best for Vets" institution. The distinction recognizes GCC and 35 other schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's Veterans. Click on the following link to sell all the colleges selected by The Military Times as "Best for Vets" institutions:
Since the Vietnam War, Guam boasts the highest participation rate of U.S. (active duty, National Guard & Reserves) military service and the most veterans, per capita, compared to the 50 states and other U.S. territories/commonwealths. Guam Community College (GCC) is honored to welcome our veterans and military families to our campus where they can learn how to successfully navigate the academic and administrative pathways of a college education.
We understand you and your family have unique needs and responsibilities, and we hope to support your academic efforts by providing one-stop, integrated resources and services to guide you towards success. This website provides some useful links to services and forms to help get you started:
Please call the GCC Financial Aid Office, Building 2000, at 735-5543/4 for benefits assistance if you are a veteran or military family member. As you begin to integrate with our GCC family, be sure to also get involved with our Veteran Students Organization where you will meet mentors and other students, most of whom are veterans themselves.
JOIN THE GCC VETERANS CLUB!
The GCC Veterans Club unveiled the Veterans Club Lounge/Study Room in the GCC Foundation Building, Room 6111, on Friday, September 11, 2015.
GCC is establishing a Veterans Club, which will serve as a social and informational organization for veteran students, alumni, and friends. It will provide a non-political environment in which fellow veterans can meet, share information, plan activities, and build the camaraderie service members are accustomed to in the service. The Veterans Club is located in Room 6111, Foundation Building. If you are a veteran or know other veterans who attend GCC (either full or part-time) and may be interested in joining or helping this organization, have them send via e-mail their names, phone numbers, branch of service, conflicts served and e-mail addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The POC is Mr. Benedict Rachielug, USN (Ret.) who can be contacted at 735.5544 (office).
GCC's KEEP YOUR GUARD UP Program
Keep Your Guard Up was the first program of its kind anywhere in the
United States. It was implemented after Guam National Guard Adjutant
General Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino informed Guam’s leaders in September
2013 that of the 588 men and women of the I-294th Infantry Regiment
deployed to Afghanistan, a full 260 of them would be returning home in
January 2014 either unemployed or under-employed.
While the soldiers were still in country, GCC surveyed them and formulated a 90-day industry certification program in eight areas: automotive general service technician; A+ computer networking; electrical; emergency medical technician; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), supervision and management, heavy equipment/truck driving, and welding.
On July 8, 2014, 152 soldiers in the program earned enrichment certificates for having gained employable skills, and depending on their program of study, some also earned completion certificates, National Career Readiness Certificates and valuable industry certifications. Employers DCK Pacific, Cabras Marine, Cars Plus, the Guam Fire Department, and even GCC have hired several dozen of the KYGU veterans, and others have already signed up to take courses at GCC for fall semester.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program
is authorized by Congress under Title 38, USC, Chapter 31 and Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Free Educational and Vocational Counseling (Chapter 36) services are provided to transitioning Service members who are:
1) Within six months prior to discharge from active duty; 2) Within one year following discharge from active duty; 3) Current beneficiaries of educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607; or 4) Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.
Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014
: Recently the U.S. Congress passed a law requiring all public institutions of higher learning (IHLs) to charge certain VA educational beneficiaries the resident rate regardless of the person’s actual State of residency. In an effort to provide awareness and guidance to all public IHLs, the VA sent a letter to the governor of each state and territory on October 29, 2014. The Governor of Guam shared this letter with Guam Community College. As a result, GCC immediately made the necessary changes, and effective Spring 2015, all U.S. veterans are being assessed the resident tuition rate. Please refer to the fact sheet issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
and Tuition and Fees section of the GCC catalog
for more information.