HAFA ADAI & WELCOME TO THE GCC VETERANS CLUB
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.
The GCC Veterans' Club was established to provide a network of support to military veterans, their families and civilian supporters; secondly, to educate the community about the experiences of military veterans and work with the college administration to meet the needs of student veterans and prospective student veterans; thirdly, to cultivate student veterans concerns through scheduled meetings,advocacy, social and recreational activities; and finally to foster esprit de corps among student veterans and promote an understanding of student veteran issues.
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 was also initiated to provide some useful links to services and forms to help get you started.
Advisors - Dennis Santo Tomas and Fred Tupaz President - Katrina "Kat" Blas
Vice-President - Paul Palmer
Secretary - Patrick Conway
Treasurer - Andrew "Drew" Eata
GCC VETERANS CLUB OFFICERS (FALL 2017)
1st GCC VETERANS CLUB MINI FORUM at the GCC Campus (February 24, 2017)
2nd GCC VETERANS CLUB MINI FORUM at the GCC Campus (June 30, 2017)
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The GCC Veterans Club unveiled the Veterans Club Lounge/Study Room in the GCC Foundation Building, Room 6111, on Friday, September 11, 2015.
The GCC Veterans' Club serves 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, veteran dependent or know other veterans who attend GCC (either full or part-time) and may not know about this organization, please ask them to e-mail their names & phone numbers to GCC Veterans Club President Rodney A. Cruz Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.