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Veterans Resource Center Success

AA-T in Communication Studies
Transferring to: CSUN
Major: Communications

When I first stepped on campus to register, I almost got discouraged and wanted to turn back. Primarily because I didn't think I was college material. But then a GCC staff member gave me a tour of the campus and words of encouragement. I felt right at home then and there. I won't ever forget that. And to all of the staff at the Veterans Resource Center... I owe you a life debt of gratitude. You served your country well, and you continue to serve your fellow veterans.

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Desirae Perez

Certificate: Fire Technology/Associates in Science Fire Technology

Coming from out of state only experiencing small community college life I had no idea what to expect. GCC made my intro to California education more than memorable with its beautifully campus, staff all about helping, and a veterans center that made me feel like family!

The most memorable moment was easily hearing from my VA counselor, Jolie Morris, that I was graduating with honors.

Thank you GCC for helping me succeed!

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Matthew Follet

Matthew Follet
Los Angeles
GCC Veteran, UCLA Graduate, Law School Graduate, Attorney

Recently awarded a Purple Heart, US Marine Corps veteran Matthew Follet was one of the first veterans to pass through the GCC Veterans Resource Center. He went on to transfer to UCLA, graduated from law school and recently passed the California Bar exam.

(Photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Schwoch)


Bronson Ketchum
GCC Veteran, GCC Fire Science Graduate, Firefighter

Bronson is a US Army veteran who went through the GCC Vet Center and the GCC Fire Science program. Bronson currently works as a firefighter in Arizona. Additionally he assisted in the redesign of the Vet Center to include the Podcast Studio.


Julio Espino
Los Angeles
GCC US Army Veteran
Media Arts Career