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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Veterans Resource Center welcomes new students with orientation

Jae Lee [right] and Glen Peña [left] talk about the various support programs the veterans resource center offers, Wednesday March 25. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

The Veterans Resource Center held an orientation for new student veterans to discuss all the support programs the VRC offers on Wednesday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in the Teleconference center.

There were approximately 26 attendees.

According to one of the speakers Glen Peña, there are 500 student veterans at Cerritos College.

That is 500 men and women that, according to Dean of Counseling and Veteran Services Renee DeLong Chomiak, have the shared challenge of transitioning from a soldier serving the United States on the battle field, to a student listening to lectures in a classroom.

“Some of our veterans have a reintegrating challenge, in which they transition from soldier life to civilian life,” Chomiak said.

She said that what makes Cerritos College’s VRC stand out is the fact that it acts as a one-stop-style of office.

“We have counseling services, tax services and child care assistance all under one roof, so [veterans] don’t have to go from building to building for help,” Chomiak said.

The VRC also has support from outside organizations like US VETS Long Beach, according to Chomiak.

The orientation discussed with veterans the importance of connecting and networking with helpful individuals that work in the VRC.

Peña said, “Something about veterans is that we don’t like to ask for help. That’s just the way we’ve been taught.”

Speakers at the orientation said that the VRC can also supply student veterans with textbooks and the correct equipment to tackle the classes on their educational plan.

Pedro Rodriguez Junior attended the orientation and said he found the VRC helpful.

He said, “There always seems to be a program or benefit we are always discovering.”

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Sebastian Echeverry
Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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