Support and Resources for CCSF Student Veterans, Your families, and the Community

Welcome to the City College of San Francisco Veterans Resource Center (VRC), we are located on the main Ocean Campus in Cloud Hall room 332 (next door to the VETS Office)
 

Purpose

Our VRC serves as a student space on campus for Veterans, dependents, active duty or reserve service members and all students to build a meaningful community while committing to a common goal, excel and succeed in the Higher Education arena.

Mission

By providing a space for: student group(s) to meet, quite study space, a computer lab with 10 desktop computers (access to the internet and Wi-Fi) microwave & refrigerator, snack bar and lots of COFFEE we contribute to CCSF student veterans journey of academic success. In our VRC you will meet our staff and VA Work-Study student veterans who help answer any question and can direct you to on or off campus resources quickly. 

Vision

We aspire to be the foundational starting point our student Veterans use as they grow and become professional learners. 

Virtual Help Counter (VHC)
Virtual Help Counter (VHC)
Meet via zoom with our Veterans Services Staff and student workers
VHC Hours: Monday through Thursday 0900 - 1100 & 1500 - 1630
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Important Announcements

CCSF is currently operating on a remote basis and buildings are not accessible at this time. During this time, Student Affairs are modifying services to be able to continue to support you remotely. For college wide updates, please read COVID-19 Updates and Plans to Return to Campus. Visit CCSF Virtual Campus to find information about our remote services.

Temporary Change to Our Services

During CCSF’s period of closed campus access, the VETS Office and Veterans Resource Center are not conducting business in person. Please use our Remote Services/Online Virtual Help Counters (via zoom) during this time.

Email contact: veterans@ccsf.edu

Phone: 415-239-3486

Below are a few great links to resources that we can all benefit from:

Hopefully, these resources help you extended stay at home more enjoyable. It is always fun to learn or experience new perspectives. Music, museums, home projects and learning something new are ways to do this and keep your mind sharp and ready for the unexpected. 

Dear Disability Community Members:  

Thanks to a generous one-time grant from Citi Community Partnerships and Empowered Cities, the Mayor's Office on Disability, Disability and Aging Services and our partners at Thriving in Place are happy to announce that as part of our COVID-19 response and based on requests from people with disabilities, Personal Protective equipment (PPE) is now available for all San Francisco residents with disabilities who do not have immediate access to PPE through another San Francisco City and County program or service.

This PPE is available at no charge on a first come, first served basis.  Residents with disabilities may select desired PPE in kit form, although some items like gloves and glove sizes, may be selected individually. 

Orders for PPE may be placed starting Monday, July 13 by visiting www.tipsf.org or by calling (415) 593-8113.  Detailed information is embedded as text below.

Please help us spread the word, so that we may reach as many residents with disabilities as possible.

Detailed information:

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Available for San Francisco Residents with Disabilities

These supplies are intended for people with disabilities who are residents of San Francisco who do not currently have reliable access to Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and are in need.  These supplies are being provided via one-time grant funding at no cost to residents with disabilities.

WHO:

This PPE is prioritized for residents with disabilities who are not IHSS recipients or receiving PPE support from another nonprofit provider, IHSS or an SF City Department. If you are currently receiving PPE from another non-profit agency, IHSS or an SF City department, please continue to work with that agency so we can ensure these supplies go to those who are not connected and who need them most.  

WHAT:

  • Standard PPE Kits: 100 gloves, 5 N95 masks
  • Standard PPE Kits for Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 100 gloves, 24 Clear masks, 25 clear face shields
  • COVID-19 Positive PPE Kits: 100 gloves, 5 N95 masks, 5 gowns, and 25 clear face shields
  • COVID-19 Positive PPE Kits for Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 100 gloves, 24 Clear masks, 5 gowns, and 25 clear face shields

HOW:

  1. Visit the following website:  www.tipsf.org
  2. Fill out an online form which includes:
    • Selecting your PPE kit type
    • Choosing a day that you or a friend/family member can pick up your kit
  3. Arrive during your chosen time slot for a safe pick-up.   Kits can be picked up in the lobby of 832 Folsom St (between 4th and 5th St), San Francisco

If you do not have access to the internet:

  1. Call the following number:  (415) 593-8113
  2. A volunteer will call you back to place an order including:
    • Selecting your PPE kit type
    • Confirming a day that you or a friend/family member can pick up your kit
  3. Arrive during your chosen time slot for a safe pick-up. Kits can be picked up in the lobby of 832 Folsom St (between 4th and 5th St), San Francisco

NOTE: If you or a representative are unable to pick-up your kit, delivery will be an option.

CCSF Student Veterans, do you need a laptop to access your online classes? Apply for the Student Chromebook Loan Program through your CCSF Ram ID Portal.

Chromebook FLYER

Criteria
The student must be a degree-seeking, certificate or transfer student at CCSF or enrolled in an eligible Career Technical Education Pathway or training program.
Currently registered in a minimum of 9 units (exception will be made with approved DSPS accommodations or evidence of enrollment in the Working Adult Degree, High School Completion (TRST) or ESL program of study)
The student must be continuously enrolled during the term of the Chromebook loan
The student must have an active RAM ID to use a Chromebook and to access the campus wireless and wired network

CCSF $500 Fulltime Incentive Grant

Are you a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) and part of a student support program (VRC is a retention program at CCSF)? You may be eligible for a $500 grant this fall. Fill out the application in your CCSF Ram ID Portal before September 4th.

Email Announcement
 

CCSF Retention/Transfer Programs & Student Support Centers

Athletics

The mission of the Athletics Program at City College of San Francisco is to provide opportunities and resources for all student-athletes to achieve their academic and athletic goals. CCSF Athletics prepares successful members of society by promoting character development, instilling accountability, encouraging self-discipline, and teaching life-long learning skills in the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.

CalWORKs

CalWORKs is a student serving program that provides essential support services that enables students to complete their educational goals, find substantial employment, and successfully enter the workforce. Through collaboration and advocacy with the College and community partners, CalWORKs prepares students to secure their futures with an education and obtain self-sufficiency.

City DREAM

City DREAM is a resource center for undocumented students, students from mixed status families, and all students affected by immigration or citizenship issues. City DREAM will continue to grow as a welcoming and dedicated student hub to ensure the success of our undocumented students.

Disabled Students Programs & Services – DSPS

The overall mission of DSPS is to provide exemplary instruction, support services and access to students with disabilities. DSPS will support students with disabilities in educationally related activities consistent with the mission and vision of CCSF and in compliance with federal and state laws.

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services – EOPS

The mission of EOPS is to serve low-income and educationally disadvantaged students by providing academic support services to assist students in achieving their educational goals.

Family Resource Center

The mission of the Family Resource Center mission is to build a community of student parents that: supports through understanding, advocates through experience, and empowers through education.

Guardian Scholars

The Guardian Scholars Program is committed to helping current and former foster youth college-bound students complete their educational goals in areas such as:  Associate Degree, Transfer, and Certificates by providing comprehensive support services.

Homeless At-Risk Transitional Students Program – HARTS

The mission of the Homeless At-Risk Transitional Students Program (HARTS) is to remove barriers to academic success for students who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing housing insecurity.

Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement – MESA

The mission of the MESA program at City College of San Francisco is to provide economically disadvantaged students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the tools to excel academically, and to assist with transferring to four-year institutions in calculus-based majors.

Metro Transfer Program

The Metro Transfer Program (Metro) was developed to support students to transfer in a timely manner and gain the skills necessary to succeed in college and find a meaningful career. Metro scholars receive personalized support for college success and take general education courses together, build close relationships with classmates and faculty, and get additional support in preparation for transfer.

Multicultural Retention Services Department (MRSD)
 
Asian Pacific American Student Success Program – APASS

The mission of APASS is to support Asian and Pacific Islander students in pursuit of academic success through early intervention and effective support services; promote individual growth and personal success through a culturally sensitive environment; recognize cultural diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities; and foster unity within the college community and beyond.

Latino Services Network – LSN

LSN is a network of programs, services and individuals dedicated to the success of Latinos at City College of San Francisco.  

Tulay/Filipino American Student Success Program

The mission of Tulay is to provide culturally relevant, student-centered services, and experience to support success.  Our partnerships with various resources seek to empower students by promoting healthy identity formation and a strong sense of community. Tulay students become advocates for themselves, their community, and their education.

UMOJA/African American Scholastic Program

The mission of the UMOJA/African American Scholastic Programs (AASP) is to provide its students with appropriate program services while demonstrating sensitivity and appreciation of different life situations and academic endeavors. AASP promotes student success and goal attainment through academic, career/vocational and personal counseling.

VASA/Oceania Student Success Program

VASA/Oceania Student Success Program is to support Pacific Island and all CCSF students in pursuit of academic success through comprehensive, culturally specific, multilingual education programs and services that promote successful learning and student achievement in a multicultural environment. VASA collaborates with other academic departments and community-based organizations to offer other services consistent with its primary mission. Its program also offers link courses in English, Math, College Success, and Critical Pacific Island Studies.

New Directions

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/new-directions

Academic support program for formerly incarcerated and justice impacted students. New Directions provides services to support participants' transition to our college community by providing academic counseling, financial aid information, and career exploration to successfully navigate the CCSF and make informed decisions regarding their educational goals.

Puente

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/support-programs/puente

The Puente Program was historically designed to increase the number of Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. Puente is open to all students. The Puente Program at City College of San Francisco has been recognized as #1 in California for a 62% UC transfer rate.

Queer Resource Center – QRC

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/resource-centers/queer-resource-center

The intention of The Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to provide a safe, open, and confidential atmosphere where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students and their allies can gather openly and discuss relevant issues. The Queer Resource provides opportunity to create community, get vital health literature and information, and help with academic planning, LGBT scholarship prospects and educational goals. The QRC as a CCSF Resource extends its services to the CCSF Community.

Students Supporting Students – S cube

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/resource-centers/students-supporting-students

Students Supporting Students (S cube) is a student initiated program established to provide peer mentoring, course retention, and community service for under-served communities at CCSF.  S cube’s mission is to increase the transfer rates of students to four-year universities and to empower marginalized students and communities on campus.

Veterans

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/support-programs/veterans-services

The mission of the CCSF Veterans Educational Services (VETS) Office is to serve veteran students with the highest level of support and dedication in order to enhance the successful transition from military life into a chosen field or career through education.

Women's Resource Center

https://www.ccsf.edu/student-services/resource-centers/womens-resource-center

The Women's Resource Center is a safe place that provides information to women about resources available to them both on and off campus. The Center houses a lending library of nearly 1,000 books by and about women's issues. It sponsors campus-wide events and hosts various healing programs. The Center is run by students who work closely with a faculty advisor from the Women’s and Gender Studies department.

Working Adult Degree Program – WADP:

https://www.ccsf.edu/ccsf-academics/career-education/working-adult-degree-program

WADP is designed to make college more accessible and manageable. WADP supports students who are working full time, are parents, and/or have other commitments during the day. WADP students are part of a transformative learning community that is supportive and committed to their success.

Writing Success Project – WSP:

https://www.ccsf.edu/en/student-services/learning-resources/learning-assistance-center/writing-success-project.html

This resource list is a living and evolving document. We will review the resource list every semester to assure it is as up to date as possible. Please feel free to send us an email with any updates you notice as you review the list.

CCSF Veterans Services Resource Guide

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please take time to read the below FAQs: 

VETS Office FAQ PDF LINK

 



VETS Office Location


Hours of Operation


Phone/FAX Number


City College of San Francisco

50 Frida Kahlo Way

San Francisco, CA 94112

Cloud Hall, Room 333


Monday – Thursday:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM to 2:30 PM


Front Desk:

415-239-3486

FAX:

415-239-3490


Manager Contact Information


School Certifying Officials


Website Link


Brian J. Vargas, MSW

Manager Assistant for VETS Office and Veterans Resource Center

Phone: 415-239-3716
Email:
bvargas@ccsf.edu

Office: Cloud Hall #335

 


Jose Goussen

E: jgoussen@ccsf.edu

Rick Scolari

E: rscolari@ccsf.edu


www.ccsf.edu/veterans

 

Mission of the VETS Office

 

The mission of the CCSF Veterans Educational Services (VETS) Office is to serve veteran students with the highest level of support and dedication in order to enhance the successful transition from military life into a chosen field or career through education.

 

Q1: How do I apply for my Veteran Educational Benefits?

 

Apply on-line at www.gibill.va.govwww.ebenefits.va.gov or www.vets.gov. Please download a copy of your completed application and bring it to Cloud 333 along with your DD214 and other needed documents to start a file at the CCSF Veterans Education Transitional Services (VETS) Office.

 

Q2: Where can I file a claim for service connected or other VA benefits?

 

At your local County Veteran Service Office

How do I find a County Veteran Service Office?

LINK: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/CVSO-Locations.aspx

Call 1-844-SERV-VETS (844-737-8838).

San Francisco County Veterans Service Office (SFCVSO):



Location


Number


Hours


2 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


(415) 934-4200


Mon.-Thur.: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Walk-In Only)


 


Toll Free CA Only: 1-800-807-5799


Mon.-Thur.: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  (By Appointment)


 


Fax: (415) 934-4240


Closed to the public on Fridays


Website


https://www.sfhsa.org/services/access-empowerment/county-veterans-service-office


 

       

 

 

Q3: Where do I Apply online for admission to CCSF?

 

You can apply at APPLY

 

Q4: What documentation do I need to provide to apply for my Veteran Educational Benefits?

 

Transcripts: All recipients who have completed courses at other post-secondary institutions MUST submit official transcripts from those schools. All Air Force veterans will need to also bring in an official copy of their transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.

 

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®: Application form 1990 and a copy of your DD 214 (member 4 copy) that indicates an honorable discharge and a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (or copy of completed application until your COE arrives).

 

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill®: Students are required to bring in a Member 4 copy of their DD 214, indicating an honorable discharge and their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) (or copy of completed application until the COE arrives).

 

Chapter 35, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA): Spouses need to submit a copy of their marriage certificate. Dependent children need to provide a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility with the full VA File Number as issued to the student from the VA.

 

Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve: Students are required to bring in a “Notice of Basic Eligibility” (NOBE) that can be obtained from their Reserve or National Guard unit. They must be signed up for a six year commitment and a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility.

 

Q5: Do veterans receive priority registration?

 

YES! Veterans receive priority registration. You do not have to be using VA education benefits, but veterans do NEED to submit a copy of their DD-214 and complete the matriculation process: 1) Complete Assessment, 2) Complete the New Student Veteran Online Orientation, 3) Meet with a Veterans Academic Counselor, in order to receive this priority registration for veterans.

 

Q6: How long does it take for an application to be processed by the VA?

 

Once an application for educational benefits is sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs Processing Center it usually takes four to six weeks before the certificate of eligibility is sent to the student. The certificate of eligibility needs to be brought into the CCSF VETS Office as soon as it is received by the student.

 

Q7: How long does it take for an application to be processed by the School Certifying Official?

 

Generally speaking, for new students and returning students it can take between four and five weeks. It is best practice if returning students submit their “green sheet” as soon as the veterans receive their priority registration date.

 

Q8: Are ALL City College courses certifiable for educational benefits?

 

No! Before a student can receive payment for the educational benefit, they must meet with the CCSF Academic Counselor who specializes in VA education benefits and establish an educational plan based on their educational goal (such as transfer to a university, associate degree or certificate program). Only courses required for these programs are certifiable for VA educational benefits. This process will be explained in detail during your counseling meeting.

 

Q9: How long does it take to get payment for educational benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs?

 

After all of the admissions and application steps have been completed as mentioned above and you have requested certification, the VA can take between six and eight weeks to process a payment. (Depending on the time of year, processing time may vary).

 

Q10: Do I need to request for certification every semester?

 

YES! Students are responsible for requesting certification EACH semester VA education benefits plan on being used, this does not happen automatically.

 

Q11: Will I receive recertification if I fall below a 2.0 GPA?

 

The VA requires that veterans or depends using VA education benefits to maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. Generally speaking, if a student veteran falls below a 2.0 GPA at CCSF they will have a HOLD on their account and not able to register for the following semester and are REQUIRED to sign a document with their Veterans Academic Counselor, referred to as a “GPA Letter” in order to be recertified for the following academic semester.