Veterans Success Center

Helping Our Veteran Community Integrate into Educational Life

The Veterans Success Center is a centralized place at Sierra College for veterans, military members, and their dependents. We understand that the transition from military to college life can be challenging, so we are committed to providing the best assistance in appreciation for your sacrifice and service. We can help with everything from processing your educational benefits to connecting you with resources and services offered at Sierra College and in our community.

We’re proud to be ranked #5 in California and #34 in the nation on Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges” list.

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Veteran receiving help from Veterans Success Center

At the Veterans Success Center, we can help:

  • Provide information regarding VA education benefits, plus we have VA Certifying Officials who can initiate and process VA education benefits, including evaluating your military transcripts and Department of Defense Form 214 for college credit
  • Assist with the Sierra College application and registration process
  • Evaluate your military transcripts and Department of Defense Form 214 for college credit and establish priority registration for qualified Veterans who provide a DD Form 214 or military ID
  • Provide a dedicated Veterans Success Center counselor and peer mentors who understand and are committed to our veterans’ needs and your educational progress so you can meet your goals
  • Offer information about the various resources and services offered on- and off-campus
  • Provide assistive technology, and computers and printer access in a designated study area for veterans

Prospective Students

Veterans can learn more about VA Education Benefits, verify eligibility, and apply using this VA link: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

Chapter 35- VA Education Benefits for Survivors and Dependents

Please select this U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs link if you would like to apply or know more about Ch. 35: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/

Once you submit your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail that needs to be delivered to our office or emailed to: veterans@sierracollege.edu

CalVet College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents

Please visit this CalVet link if you would like to apply or know more about the CalVet Fee Waiver: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/College-Fee-Waiver.aspx

Once you've submitted your application to a local County Veterans Service Office (VSO), the VSO will give you a signed document you will need to deliver to the Sierra College Financial Aid department.

Campus and Community Resources

Placer County Veteran Services

Assists with service-connected disability compensation, re-evaluation increases, dependency indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving spouse and children, pension for war-era veterans, death pension for surviving spouse and children, dependent allowances, housebound and aid and attendance (A&A) allowance, California Yountville Veterans Home admissions, and request and correction of military records. 

Contact: Derrick Oliveira, Assistant Veteran Service Officer (VSO)
Address: 1000 Sunset Blvd Ste 115, Rocklin, CA 95765
Phone: (916) 780-3290
Email: doliveira@placer.ca.gov

Volunteers of America - Supportive Services for Veterans and Families
This program works with veterans to help them get off the street and placed into their own stable and secure housing through their Rapid re-housing program or their preventive services. They offer soft case management, monthly budgeting skills training, and housing stabilization planning. General qualifications include: must have a photo ID, DD-214, proof of income, Honorable Discharge, be a Veteran, and be at-risk or at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Find out if you qualify.

Address: 10636 Schirra Ave, Mather, CA 95670
Phone:(916) 228-3153

Sacramento Veterans Resource Center
The center offers veteran employment assistance training programs and training, a two-year veterans' transitional housing program for men and women, and advocates for veterans' rent and veterans' utility assistance. 

The center also advocates for 90-day veterans drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs for men and women, and offers the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to help homeless veterans find work and gain training at the center.

Address: 7270 East Southgate Drive, Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 393-8387

Sacramento Steps Forward
This agency is helping to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento region have access to housing, employment, health, education, and other resources necessary for economic stability and improved quality of life.

Address: 1331 Garden Highway, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916.577.9770
E-Mail: info@sacstepsforward.org

VA Mather Sacramento Mental Health Clinic

Psychiatric, psychological assessments and interventions, including individual and group psychotherapy, medication management, substance abuse treatment and a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program.

Address: 10535 Hospital Way, Building 649, Sacramento, CA 95655
Phone: (800) 382-8387 or (916) 366-5420

Sacramento and Citrus Heights Vet Centers

The Centers offer readjustment counseling, which includes a wide range of psycho-social services for eligible veterans and their families to help them successfully transition from military to civilian life. 

Services provided include:

  • Individual and group counseling for veterans and their families
  • Family counseling for military-related issues
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Outreach and education, including post-deployment health reassessment (PDHRA), community events, etc.
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment assessment and referral
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral
  • Screening and referral for medical issues including depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), etc.

Sacramento Vet Center
1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 390, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 566-7430

Citrus Heights Vet Center
5650 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: (916) 535-0420

Military Service Credit

A veteran will receive 5 units of basic military training credit toward an associate's degree if they have:

  • Been on active duty one year or longer and
  • Received an honorable discharge

Credit will not transfer to a four-year university and will have no bearing on the student's GPA.A DD-214 with an honorable discharge can be submitted to Admission and Records or the Veterans Success Center.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocates

The VA Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation New Dawn (OND) Transition Patient Advocates assist returning veterans by providing information on benefits and eligibility and facilitate a smoother transition to civilian life while ensuring veterans are treated fairly in all matters involving the VA.

Contact: Richard J. Hernandez, Transition Patient Advocate
Post 9/11 Military to VA Case Management Program
Email: Richard.Hernandez6@va.gov
Phone: (916) 364-3159

Women’s Health Clinic at Sacramento VA Medical Center

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans' benefits. The VA actively encourages women to use their benefits. The Northern California Healthcare System (NCHCS) Women's Health Program provides services and facilities in 10 locations to meet the unique needs of female veterans. 

Contact: Rebecca Stallworth, Social Worker, Women Health Program
rebecca.stallworth@va.gov
(916) 366-5453

Women Veterans Alliance

The Alliance focuses on the quality of life of women veterans by transforming the way the community networks to bring people and programs directly together through an energetic grass roots platform

Contact: Melissa Washington, Navy Veteran
President/Founder, Women Veterans Alliance and a 100% woman, service-disabled veteran-owned small business
Phone: (916) 253.7357
Email: melissawash@gmail.com

Contact

Rocklin Campus LR 424

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  • Phone: (530) 274-5303