Hello fellow veteran students! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Andrew Rocha and I am your new Veteran's Club President. A little about myself, I served in the U.S. Army for nine years of which six were spent in USAREUR (U.S. Army in Europe) in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a 91B diesel mechanic. I am an Iraq Veteran and my last three years of service I served as an Army Recruiter for the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion. I started attending West Valley College in the summer of 2012 as a business major, from which I have graduated with a liberal arts degree and will be attending San Jose State University for fall 2014 to complete my business degree.
These are very exciting times for the Veteran's Resource Center (VRC) being that over the course of the last few semesters we have been able to provide many new resources for our veterans. For example, thanks to donations from our community rotary clubs (Saratoga & Campbell) we've been able to provide a FREE textbook library so that veteran students can sign out their required books for the semester without using their GI Bill book stipend. We've also purchased brand new LiveScribe Pens and TI-84 calculators for our veterans to sign out for the semester as well. All these items are available on a "first-come, first-serve" basis so try not to wast time when requesting items from the VRC. In addition, the VRC has purchased 26 sets of brand new paintball equipment for use throughout the semester. Yes, you heard me right, your VRC has PAINTBALL! Finally, our newest addition to the VRC is our recent partnership with the non-profit organization Operation Care & Comfort (OCC) that provides FREE tickets to sporting events for active duty, reserve, and veterans throughout the bay area.
In closing, please try your hardest to get involved and attend VRC related events because the more our veterans stay involved the more we are able to provide for them. Also, please "like" us on Facebook (WVC Veterans) and closely monitor any emails sent from the VRC as well as the Veteran's Club page on the West Valley Portal to stay informed with all VRC related events, resources, and benefits. I hope to see you all down at the VRC lounge and have a great semester vets!
Andrew Rocha, Veterans Club President
To contact me: Andrew.Rocha@westvalley.edu
Meets every other Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm
The West Valley College community supports students along their pathways to reach transfer and career goals in an environment of academic excellence.
Rhonda Kirkland - Financial Aid Office
Veterans Resource Center:
Bernadette Walker - Campus Center CC318