Those who have served in any of the five branches of the armed services will find a variety of services and opportunities available to them at Salt Lake Community College.
We honor the service you have given our country, and we are ready to now serve and assist you as you work toward your education and employment goals.
Since 2010, SLCC has earned the distinction of being designated by G.I. Jobs as a “military-friendly school” and the only Utah school ranked in the top 10 “best for vets” in “Military Times” for the past two years.
SLCC offers comprehensive services to all who are serving or have served in the U.S. military and to their dependents.
Whether pursuing a degree or seeking training through the School of Applied Technology (SAT), our degree programs are Veterans Affairs-approved, as are many other credit programs. As a Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)-approved school, we also offer training programs for unemployed veterans 35 to 60 years old. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon Waiver program available to some using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
Services are available at offices located on three campuses and all service members are welcome at any campus to use services provided.
Over 1,300 veterans attend SLCC each semester, with more than 850 veterans actively using one of the many G.I. Education or state benefits to pursue their higher-education goals.
The Veterans Center, located on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, is a warm and convivial place for all service members and their dependents. It is a national model for its one-stop comprehensive and inclusive services. The center features a lounge, computer lab and free document-printing. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., all veterans and dependents are welcome to study, relax and receive additional support services here.
Many service members say that the Veterans Center is much like a mini-USO and feels comfortable and welcoming.
“The Veterans Center is like a good mate; someone who understands your past and believes in your future,” says Navy veteran and SLCC student Ramsey Campbell.
Our office at South City Campus, located in the Enrollment Services hub, provides support to students attending classes at campuses located in the North Region. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Veterans Services Coordinator and VA representatives share office space at the Westpointe Center on Thursdays.
Our friendly, knowledgeable staff guide and encourage all to interface with the college, navigate the VA system and ultimately become successful students, employees and community members. We inspire all who have served in the Armed Forces to check with us to ensure they are identified on our computer system as being a service member. This will allow us to keep everyone informed about possible scholarships and the activities and special events held throughout the year.
Sometimes, we are offered free skiing, fishing trips, sporting events and concert tickets for our service members. Also, for graduation, those who have served in the armed services are given a special Red, White and Blue Veterans Honor Cord as an acknowledgment of their commitment made to serve our country.
The Veterans Services staff are dedicated to serving the needs of all of our military students.
Our staff includes five certifying officials, twelve veteran work-study employees, our VetSuccess on-campus counselor and others during the week. The majority of our employees are current or past military members or spouses. Work-study employment may be available to those receiving VA educational benefits or to those receiving federal financial aid work-study employment hours.
Members from numerous community support organizations meet with service members on the three campuses providing VA information, enrollment in VA benefits, financial, educational and emotional support. Our staff is happy to set up a free meeting on campus with the following providers:
- Mike Foster, a VA Benefits employee, is our full-time VetSuccess on-campus counselor. He is ready to assist veterans in exploring various majors and the job market, navigating the VA benefits system, preparing resumes and other support.
- Aaron Ahern, a VA Health Care employee, is available to assist our students through the VITAL program grant. Aaron can help veterans register for health benefits, navigate the health-care system and provide other support to assist service members in completing their education.
- Dan, our Veterans Upward Bound counselor, offers free tutoring services to new veterans in Math, English and Computer Science.
- Mary is our Veterans Resource counselor and Veterans Club advisor. She assists with providing additional support services as needed.
- Tom, our Department of Workforce Services VetRep, can assist with possible educational financing, employment or other state resources.
- Linda, the VA Vet Center counselor, is available to provide a variety of services including counseling and referrals for the veteran and family.
The SLCC Student Veterans of America Club is dedicated to assisting veterans to be successful in the educational setting and to adjust to the challenges of civilian life. They accomplish this by establishing and maintaining connections between veterans through social interactions, workshops, service projects and other activities.
“We welcome all service members and their dependents attending SLCC to use the Veterans Center and the resources here for you. The Center is a gift from the college to our veterans in gratitude for their service to our country,” says Darlene Head, manager of SLCC Veterans Services.
Visit our Veterans Center to get current information on possible benefits available, to visit with one of our service providers or to use the facilities. You can also like us on Facebook and take a virtual preview of our Veterans Center.