Porterville College honors and supports the sacrifices of those who have served in our nation’s military and is approved as an institution of higher learning for the training of veterans and dependents of veterans who are entitled to educational assistance.
To assist our veterans with their transition from the military to the classroom, Porterville College provides a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) located in the Academic Center building, room 116. The VRC is a relaxing place for student veterans to gather, meet with the veterans’ counselor, study, talk with representatives from veteran service providers, or just enjoy the camaraderie of fellow veterans on campus. In addition, the center provides a copy machine for veteran use, a study room with computers, and a lounge area to have lunch or just take a break.
Veterans are also encouraged to participate in the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). The SVO is the student club that advocates for veteran issues on campus and provides a social group setting to help veterans become successful in their adjustment to the college and civilian life. The SVO meets regularly and all veterans are encouraged to come to the meetings or join in its various activities.
It is important to remember that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only pays benefits for courses that count toward your educational goal. Therefore, it is essential that the veterans meet regularly with the veterans’ counselor to ensure courses taken will be approved by the VA.
The VRC is a centralized location and hub of activities for the veterans on campus. It provides a place for academic support services, camaraderie, and wellness. The services include:
The mission of the Porterville College Veterans Resource Center is to provide assistance and support to veterans and their dependents as they transition from the military to the completion of their academic goals.
A Mike's Pass is a free parking pass given to all veterans their first semester of enrollment at Porterville College. (Mike's Passes for subsequent semesters can be "earned" - see the VRC coordinator/counselor for more information on how to earn an additional Mike's Pass).
Method of Funding
Mike's Passes are funded through the generous donations of individuals, businesses or agencies in the community. Donations are made to a foundation account established for the specific purpose of providing this additional support to Porterville College veterans.
How to Register for a Mike's Pass
In order to obtain this free parking permit, veterans need to: