LMC Veterans Resource Center
Spring 2020 Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 8:30AM - 7PM (as staffing allows)
Friday 8:30AM - 3PM
College Complex, Room CC3-821 (next to the LMC Bookstore)
The Los Medanos College Veterans Resource Center opened on April 29th, 2016. The greater LMC community gathered to officially open the Center at a grand opening - photos and story are located to the right. LMC student veterans played a major role in gathering the interest and support for the new Center. We appreciate the financial support of Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Fund and Pacific Gas & Electric, as their support has been crucial in helping the Center come to fruition. Our student veterans, faculty, staff and administrators look forward to providing a vibrant resource to help ensure the success of LMC student veterans for years to come.
Information for new and returning students
If you are new to Los Medanos College, or are returning after an absence of two or more semesters, please follow these steps in order to utilize your benefits:
- Apply to Los Medanos College to obtain your student ID number for new students, or to re-activate your student account if you are a returning student at this page https://www.losmedanos.edu/registration/index.aspx
- Obtain a copy of your DD214 (Member copy 4, or Service-2 with Character of Service)
- Obtain copies of all transcripts. Official, including military training transcripts should be ordered at this time as they will be needed to apply prior service credit. (Military transcripts with the exception of CCAF/AirAcademy may be ordered through JST/Joint Services Transcript
- Submit your VA Certification of Eligibility or proof that you have applied for VA education benefits at this webpage: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
- Complete the LMC Matriculation process for eligibility for Priority Registration
- Online Orientation, https://www.losmedanos.edu/lmcorientation/
- English and math placement, https://www.losmedanos.edu/assessment/
- Educational planning with an academic counselor, https://www.losmedanos.edu/lmcorientation/NewStudentWorkshop.aspx
- Apply for Financial Aid. Receiving GI Bill® Benefits does not block a student from completing a FAFSA and applying for additional aid. If approved, a student could be eligible for additional grants and educational benefits. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
- Complete and return the LMC Veterans Semester Enrollment Certification Request Form to your certifying official at the admissions and records office to certify your benefits after you register for your classes. This form must be turned in each semester and/or anytime you make changes to your schedule. The Veterans Semester Certification PDF Form can be downloaded at https://www.losmedanos.edu/admissions/VeteransSemesterCertification.pdf
Los Medanos College is approved for the training of veterans, dependents of deceased veterans, and children of disabled veterans under applicable federal and state laws administered by the Veterans Administration and the State Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility for benefits under any of these programs is determined by the appropriate federal or state agency. The College will make necessary certifications of enrollment and progress for such eligible students and will assist students in planning their program of study. Certification of attendance depends upon the student’s being registered in the College, being actively enrolled in courses, and requesting such certification.
Priority registration appointments are available by request to active military personnel and to veterans discharged within two years preceding the term of enrollment. Contact the Office of Admissions & Records at (925) 473-7500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule an office appointment with a VA Certifying Official visit the Veterans' Service Appointments.
As a reminder, VA Education (GI Bill®) Services are handled by Alphabet (by last name). You can meet with your Education Services Representative by appointment only-- go to losmedanos.edu/veterans to schedule an appointment online.
A – G Tamara Green (925) 473-7498 email@example.com
H – O Imelda Lares (925) 473-7499 firstname.lastname@example.org
P – Z Diane Ferguson (925) 473-7496 email@example.com
Only courses that meet requirements for the major and degree objective indicated on the veteran student’s record will be certified for payment of benefits. A change in educational objective requires that the student complete a new evaluation. Los Medanos College is approved to certify for an associate degree or a certificate of achievement, as listed in the catalog, or for transfer majors approved for UC and CSU only.
Veterans are cautioned that some courses are less than a semester in length and benefits are paid according to time and load.
Blue Ribbon Counseling Services for Veterans
The LMC Counseling Department offers priority counseling appointments to veterans in 5 business days. Student educational plans are required for all veterans. Appointments must be made in person or by phone.
Fall or Spring Terms:
12 units = full benefits
9 through 11 1/2 = 3/4 benefits
6 through 8 1/2 units = 1/2 benefits
Chapter 32 only: 3 through 5 1/2 units = 1/4 benefits
For certification of full time
6 week session = 6 units
5 week session = 5 units
4 week session = 4 units
Veteran students must report any change in academic program to the Office of Admissions & Records immediately. Failure to report changes, such as withdrawal from courses or from the college, will be interpreted as a violation of the Educational Benefits Act.
A GPA of 2.0 is required to meet graduation requirements. A veteran or eligible person whose GPA falls below the required minimum average will be placed on academic probation for a maximum of two semester/terms. If the veteran or eligible person does not improve his/her GPA to the required minimum by the end of this period, their veterans benefit payments will be terminated. Additionally, repeated withdrawals from courses may also result in unsatisfactory progress. Unsatisfactory progress of two semesters/terms will also result in the termination of benefits.
Six elective semester units will be granted toward the associate degree for honorably discharged veterans, provided that elective credit applies toward the student's educational objective. The credit will be granted upon verification of completion of a basic or recruit training program with the U.S. Armed Forces.
LMC Library Veterans Research Guide http://losmedanos.libguides.com/veterans
Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions & Records by calling (925) 473-7500 or from the Veterans Administration Regional Office, San Francisco, 1-800-827-1000.