Veterans Resource Center

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How Does the VRC Serve Veterans?

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 college and civilian life. The SVO meets regularly and all Veterans are encouraged to come to the meetings or join in its various activities.

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:

  • Priority registration for Veterans
  • A designated Veteran’s counselor
  • Study room with computers
  • Lounge for camaraderie
  • Student Veterans Organization (student club)
  • Veterans Affairs Work Study students working as “Veterans Assistants”
  • Free parking passes (called Mikes passes) at initial enrollment
  • Earned Mikes passes for continued involvement in projects or activities
  • Referrals to the VA and numerous Veteran service providers
  • Referrals to campus services based on student need
  • Monthly camaraderie lunches
  • “Learn at Lunch” workshops
  • End of the academic year “Patriot Awards” for leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to fellow students
  • Community service projects and involvement
  • Coordination of the Porterville College Veterans Day Parade float

Business Hours

Monday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Friday: Closed

VRC Staff

Katherine Figueroa-Fernandez
Veteran Counselor
Kimberly Jones
Program Technician
(559) 791-2222
Andrea Anaya
VA Certifying Official

VRC Mission Statement

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.

  • Providing a central location for counseling, referral, and peer-to-peer support
  • Fostering camaraderie with fellow Veterans
  • Providing study space and computers for completion of class assignments
  • Coordinating with campus services to ensure the unique needs of Veterans are met
  • Social networking and mentoring through participation in college and local community activities, such as the campus Student Veterans Organization

Helpful Links:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at