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Veterans Services!


Our goal at OCC is to help you get there! We, along with the other valuable veteran staff on our team, serve veterans, reservists, service-persons, and spouses or dependents of veterans. Our office is primarily here to assist you with acquiring and using your G.I. education b​​​enefits while you achieve your educational goal, but if you find yourself in need of additional guidance or resources, please reach out to us! Whether your goal is to earn an Associate degree, Certificate of Achievement, or to transfer to a four year university, we sincerely welcome you and look forward to helping you along your journey to success!

 

 

VETERAN PRIORITY REGISTRATION

April 12, 2021 (Summer 2021)

June 14, 2021 (Fall 2021)

 


New Students:




Veteran/Dependent 

Counseling Appointments:

If your question relates to Benefits, please reach out the Certifying Officials first, as the Counselor does not handle certification.




Online Certification Request

for continuing students

Click Here for COVID-19 Related Updates on Benefits/BAH 

to confirm if your courses will count as online or in-person


(you will be prompted to sign in to your MyCoast)

If you have already been certified for the term and are reporting changes (i.e. adding or dropping a course), please use the ADD/DROP NOTIFICATION form instead.



Add/Drop Notification

to report changes in enrollment after being certified

 (you will be prompted to sign in to your MyCoast)

 






COVID-19 Updates (as of 12/15/20)


Veteran Students/Dependents should check their student email regularly for updates from our office regarding remote procedures and benefits updates from VA.

 

Benefits Information: 

As more information is released, students will be updated via email by our office. For general information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on VA benefits and services, students may also access the FAQ provided by VA.


BAH & Online Classes (due to COVID-19): 

The VA will pay BAH based off how a course was initially setup to be conducted, prior to COVID-19 -- either in-person or online. If your course was originally scheduled to be in-person, they will pay you as such. This authority is in place through December 21, 2021. 


The Online Class Schedule does not accurately reflect if a course will be considered online, hybrid, or in-person for benefits.

***For a list of classes that were ORIGINALLY scheduled to be online and will be counted as ONLINE, please click the links below***

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

If your course is NOT on this list, it will be counted as "in-person" for BAH purposes, regardless of the format in which it is being taught.



Resources: 

Please contact Jonathan Jimenez, Veteran Student Equity Specialist, if you are in need of other resources or assistance during this time (jjimenez83@occ.cccd.edu  |  714-432-5063)



 


CalVet California Veterans Resource Book (Digital Book)


Orange Coast College is approved by the Bureau of School Approvals, the California State Department of Education, the Veterans Administration, and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to offer programs and services to veterans and eligible persons seeking benefits under all Federal and State laws. Orange Coast College follows the guidelines issued by the Council for Private and Post Secondary and the Vocational Education which apply to all institutions enrolling veterans and other eligible persons for veteran benefits. ​

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LOCATION:

Watson Hall, 1st Floor

 

HOURS*:

8am-5pm, Monday -Friday


Follow our Veterans Resource Center!

@occ_vrc 

(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)


On-Campus and Community Resources:

Veterans Brochure.pdf


Click Here for COVID-19 Related Updates on Benefits/Registration/Resources




STAFF:

Jami Jacobi

School Certifying Official

jjacobi4@occ.cccd.edu

714-432-0202 x26376

During school closure for COVID-19, we have limited access to phones. Please contact us via email for the quickest response. If you must contact us by phone, please leave a message and we will return it as soon as possible.

 

Kayden Nguyen

School Certifying Official

knguyen480@occ.cccd.edu

714-432-0202 x26645

During school closure for COVID-19, we have limited access to phones. Please contact us via email for the quickest response. If you must contact us by phone, please leave a message and we will return it as soon as possible.

 

Joseph Dyer

VA Workstudy Assistant

 

Alex Rojas

Veteran Counselor

714-432-6883 

(For Accessing Scheduled Appointments)

arojas33@occ.cccd.edu

Note: Email and phone inquiries should not be made for time sensitive counseling issues. If your question or concern is urgent, please schedule an appointment through Veterans Services.