Announcements: (CORONAVIRUS UPDATE)
Modesto Junior College receives updates from the California Department of Health regarding public gatherings. A difficult decision was made, while acting out of an abundance of caution, to transition to Remote Learning beginning March 18, 2020.
As of Monday, March 23rd MJC Veterans Resource Center will be closed until further notice. However, MJC Veterans Services will offer limited services remotely. For urgent matters please email myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or School Certifying Official, Mr. Fernando Velez (email@example.com) and we will respond within 24 to 48 hours. I will notify you with updates as they become available.
March 18, 2020 (Wednesday) – All classes will resume through Remote Instruction. Faculty will inform students how their courses will be delivered. Look to your campus email and/or Canvas for notification.
How Does this impact my VA Educational Benefits as of March 24, 2020?
Important update from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Many have asked, will benefits be impacted by taking online classes. At this time, VA Educational benefits will not be negatively impacted if all of your courses are online. After a brief review of the summer schedule, most, if not all courses will be online. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Please see the VA message below:
Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits under S. 3503, which President Trump signed into law March 21.
The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.
Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.
In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of students nationwide have been converted to distance learning as many educational institutions are transitioning to technology-based lesson delivery.
“I commend President Trump and Congress for their work on this important law,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It will give Veteran students certainty as they continue their education.”
Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure accurately certified enrollments and timely processing. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA’s effort to implement these new changes.
Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.
- Be sure you are able to log into Canvas.
- Check your student email account daily.
- Communicate with your instructors.
- If you plan on attending summer 2020 classes you MUST turn in a new Certification Worksheet to the Veterans Service Office. Please forward
worksheet to Mr. Fernando Velez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Priority Registration for Fall 2020: The deadline for Priority Registration Fall 2020 is April 20, 2020.
We are so happy you have chosen Modesto Junior College to pursue your academic and personal growth, and hope you will take advantage of the many programs and services our area provides for students. Modesto Junior College is a college rich in history and tradition and is part of the fabric of our community. We are a Hispanic Serving Institution with a Hispanic student population of 52%.
The staff, faculty, and students of Modesto Jr. College thank all our armed services members for their service to our nation. At MJC we are committed to supporting our military veterans, military spouses, and dependent children in their pursuit of higher education. MJC Veteran Services provides our students with the necessary support, resources, and information to make their journey successful.
The Veteran Services team care and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our service, and we take great pride assisting our veterans, veteran spouses, and dependents reaching academic and professional success. To begin your education, we recommend viewing the "Getting Started at MJC" link which will provide you the steps to enroll at Modesto Jr. College.
MJC Mission Statement
MJC is committed to transforming lives through programs and services informed by the latest scholarship of teaching and learning. We provide a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate educational environment for the ever-changing populations and workforce needs of our regional community. We facilitate lifelong learning through the development of intellect, creativity, character, and abilities that shape students into thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged citizens.
Veteran Services Mission Statement
The mission of the Modesto Junior College Veteran Services department is to assist in the transition process and provide opportunities for success to our United States Military Veterans. MJC Veteran Services directly provides support services and acts as a bridge to external support services for student Veterans, active military personnel, and their loved ones.
Six Ways You Will Be Successful at MJC
MJC is committed to transforming lives! We do this through educational programs and services informed by the latest approaches to teaching and learning. MJC is a dynamic, innovative environment meeting needs of the ever-changing populations of our regional community.
We invite you to join us in a partnership for your success! Our role in the partnership is to thoughtfully and meaningfully integrate the RP Group research findings related to the Six Success Factors of Student Achievement.
Directed-students have a goal and know how to achieve it
Focused-students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize
Connected-students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
Engaged-students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
Nurtured-students feel like they are part of the college community
Valued-students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated
Veteran Services Service Area Outcome (SAO)
Veteran and Dependent students will know about available resources and services specifically designed for Veteran and Dependent students at Modesto Junior College.
Veteran Services-Support Service Learning Outcome (SSLO)
- Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
- Veteran and Dependent students will understand degree requirements, as well as receive necessary referrals and interventions in order to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
- Veteran and dependent students will understand terminology and community resources available through military service upon completion of meeting with Veteran Center staff.
Veteran Affairs- Principles of Excellence
- Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
- Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
- End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
- Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
- Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
- Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
- Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. This law has five sections pertinent to the administration of Veterans' educational or training benefits with two of the provisions directly affecting schools. The first of these provisions will be implemented in August.
Beginning on August 1, 2019, educational institutions must have a policy in place allowing GI Bill and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. The educational institution must also have a policy to not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.