Cypress Earns $100,000 State Grant to Help Expand Veterans Resource Center, Service to Student Vets

Cypress College is the recipient of a $100,000 state grant intended to expand and bolster the campus Veterans Resource Center. Already known for its premier status, the Cypress College VRC is slated to move into a new, state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the pond. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this winter.

The competitive grant is part of an $8.5 million program to assist California’s veterans and active-duty personnel with resources, academic support, and out-of-classroom services, and facilities that will ease their transition from a military environment to an academic setting. Cypress College is one of 59 colleges receiving funding in either the current or following academic year.

“Cypress College is already respected in the state for its progressive and proactive approach to serving student veterans,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “This grant will help sustain these students who have protected our freedom. The fact that this grant was a competitive award speaks to the quality of our VRC and the commitment of our staff who ensure its success.”

Students who use the Veterans Resource Center credit the program staff with facilitating their academic success. In addition, these veterans regularly comment that the camaraderie experienced in this safe haven, produces a purpose-driven approach to their studies.

The state grant comes as the college is raising funds to ensure services at the VRC continue for generations. Later this week, long-time college partner Forest Lawn will highlight the Cypress College VRC as it dedicates a new Patriots Chapel.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 176 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 73 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 114-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

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