In spring 2011, Cabrillo opened its first Veterans Information Center (VIC) in a small space in the lower level of the 900 building. The center was staffed entirely with Veterans Affairs (VA) work-study students, based on the premise of veterans serving veterans. Congressman Sam Farr, a member of the Houses Committee on Veterans Affairs, formally opened the center.
In spring 2012, the VIC moved to a much larger space in room 914. Donations from System Studies and the Simpkins family funded 8 computers and other equipment to provide an inviting space for student veterans to study and receive services. The center is still run by three VA work-study students. The college's Veterans Certifying Officer and a veterans-designated Counselor spend a limited amount of time in the center each week. EDD’s Veteran Services, the Santa Cruz County Veterans Advocate and counselors from the Vet Center on 41st Avenue are also on site at least once a month during the school year.
In summer 2013, Cabrillo signed on to be part of President Obama’s 8 Keys to Veteran Success program. We do not have all 8 keys in place at this time; however, we do have a pretty good start on implementing them. The keys to facilitation of Veterans Success on Campus are: