Greetings Students,

MJC Veterans Services will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We will re-open on Monday, Nov. 30th.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and stay safe.


 The Virtual Veterans Resource Center is hosted via Zoom on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 1:00pm. Please use the link below to access the Virtual VRC.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/91663530857?pwd=dDNFSTc4T3JKTWt1ejg2bjAxRUlQUT09
             Password: MJCVETS


Registration for the Spring 2021 semester begins Monday, October 26th.  I wanted to provide a friendly reminder to ensure a seamless process for your certification!

 You should have received an email with your specific registration date/time. You can find your registration date and time in PiratesNet. Do not miss your registration appointment!

 In order to avoid delays in VA Educational Benefits, as soon as you register you need to submit the certification request worksheet (see attachment)  to the MJC Veterans Services Office via Email to Fernando Velez (velezf@yosemite.edu). Please only register for classes that are on your Education Plan.

 Do not list waitlisted courses.

    1. Only list courses approved on your education plan.
    2. Avoid late – start/ short-term courses as this will impact your benefits.
    3. It is recommended that you attach a copy of your class schedule when you submit the certification request.  For all educational planning needs you will need to schedule an appointment with me. Email me at jacksonm@yosemite.edu 
  1. Full-time status in the Spring semester is 12 units. 
  1. You must register for at least one course that is designated Remote/Zoom. Please be advised that if you register for all online courses that do not include a zoom/remote time, your benefits will be impacted.   
  1. MJC Veterans Services will be hosting two Certification Orientations on October 26th and 28th at 1:00pm during the Virtual VRC Hour. If this is your first time using benefits, this orientation is mandatory.  

We look forward to your continued success and progress towards your academic and career goals. If we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact the MJC Veterans Services office. 

Free Lunch on Wednesday (FLOW)!  Students will need to show their Student ID with current student activity sticker. To SIGN UP click this link:  https://tinyurl.com/MJCFLOW. For further questions, contact Carmen: delacruzm@yosemite.edu.  

Fall Bus Stickers and Student ID’s. Campus Life & Student Learning will distribute Fall stickers and/or Student ID’s from now until Dec. 18. Visit this page:  https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/sdncl/.    

Pirates Pantry  

Pirates' Pantry food distribution continues to take place every other Thursday from 9: 30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All students are welcome but need to complete a form and reserve their food boxes. For more information, students are encouraged to visit our web page https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/pantry/index.php 

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)

  1. Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 G.I. 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. 

‘‘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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."