To contact the Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Resource Center (VRC), a dedicated Veteran Educational Advisor or schedule tutoring, call (661) 395-4312, text (565) 656-3385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be directed to a Zoom conference number where you can make an appointment or be provided with a “walk-in” virtual tutoring appointment.
Hours of Operation:
Connect directly to the Virtual Veteran Resource Center's Zoom Lobby at Virtual Veteran Resource Center.
If I schedule a Zoom advising meeting, how do I prepare for that? After you schedule your appointment you will receive a “Zoom Cloud Meeting'' link with steps on how to log-in and "meet" with your advisor. Log-in from a computer, laptop, or tablet with a microphone and webcam to optimize your virtual appointment. Your smartphone is also an option when you download the mobile app. If you do not wish to download Zoom, you may use the Zoom phone number provided in your appointment reminder as an option. Visit the Zoom Video Tutorials website for more information on starting a Zoom meeting.
I need to be tagged for priority registration and/or to not be dropped for non-payment. Email a copy of your DD-214 or active military ID to email@example.com from your BC student email account with "Veteran" in the subject line. Include your student ID#.
I registered for Summer/Fall 2020 courses and need to certify for the VA. How do I fill out my Yellow Card if the campus in closed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your BC student email account with "Veteran" in the subject line. Include your student ID# (do not include your SS#), the term (summer/fall), and your current major. Once we are able to submit the certification to the VA, you should receive an auto-generated email to your BC student email account. If you have updated your CSEP with the VA Educational Advisor since the last semester, include a copy of that CSEP in your email as well.
Cal Vet Tuition Waiver for Eligible Dependents (Must apply/reapply each summer): Due to the COVID-19 situation, the IRS is not processing "did not file" letters for students who did not work in 2019. Therefore, you can supply a completed Cal Vet Tuition Waiver to the Kern County Veteran Services Department (VSO) for processing after 4/16/20. Email email@example.com with “Cal Vet Tuition Waiver” in the subject line for the application forms and process. When you receive a copy of the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver, BC would have received a copy too and will apply it towards the Fall 2020, Spring 21, and Summer 21 semesters. For more information or questions, contact the VSO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a Veteran/Dependent, I dropped/added a course to my current schedule. What next? Email email@example.com with "Veteran" in the subject line from your BC student email account. Include the course information and date this was completed. We should be able to update the certification for you. Which would then generate an auto-generated email to your BC student email with the updates/changes made.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® Coronavirus Legislation information: Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) additional authorities to continue GI Bill® and VR&E payments for the period beginning on March 1, 2020 and ending on December 21, 2020.
It allows for:
Bill S.3503: On March 21st the President signed into law S.3503, giving VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill® payments uninterrupted during an emergency.
Bakersfield 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. Services for Veterans include: priority registration, designated veterans counselor, and more. Because of special benefits allowed to veterans, enrollment steps are slightly different. Please see the following:
For more information on Financial Aid, see Financial Aid.
After you receive your student ID (@00xxxxx), complete the Online Orientation. At orientation you will learn about our academic majors and degrees, policies, important academic dates, and tips on how to be a successful student.
Meet with Armando Trujillo, Educational Advisor, to get your placement and develop your Student Educational Plan. Make an appointment with Armando by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org from your BC email. Your Student Education Plan will help you determine the classes to register for this semester.
You will need a copy of the DD214 and your transcripts for your appointment.
You can obtain military transcripts for the Air Force on the Air University website. For military transcripts for the Army, Navy/Marines and Coast Guard via Joint Services Transcript, you will need to adjust the security certificate settings in your web browser. You can find directions for how to access this site for your browser of choice below:
Once you're able to access the JST website, you'll need to press the "OK" button on the bottom to consent to the US Government Information System policies.
The placement process places you into English, Reading, and Math classes, the foundation for all other classes here at BC, based on your high school GPA and coursework. Your counselor will assist you with your placement during your appointment to create a Student Education Plan.
If you did not complete at least 11th grade in a U.S. high school, graduated from a non-U.S. high school or you are an international student, you will complete the Guided Self-Placement process with your counselor.
Find out more about Placement »
Within 1-3 Business days of your application (Step 1), we will send your registration date. You will register for classes from your Student Education Plan (Step 4) through the student portal, InsideBC.
Veterans are in Priority 1 for registration appointments. See the order of appointment assignments.
For information about the cost of attendance, tuition and fees policies, veteran’s benefits, and other important information visit Tuition & Fees.
You have 10 days from the date you register for a class to pay your tuition bill in full or you may be dropped for non-payment.
You may pay your bill online through InsideBC or at the Business Office. How to make your payment online.
Financial Aid may be able to help you pay for college. See step 2, above, to apply.
While campuses are closed for safety, documents will need to be sent electronically. In order to protect your information, please do not send them attached to email. Instead, use FileExpress to send documents more securely.
You may send the files individually, or zip them into one file, provided the file is less than 5GB.
Stay in frequent contact with the Veterans Services team to take advantage of benefits. Make appointments with Veterans Advisors each semester and stayed engaged with fellow students through the Student Veterans Organization.
Bakersfield College will grant veterans 12 elective credits for military service. Evaluation of military transcripts will be made by the Office of Admissions and Records. Credit evaluations will conform to the regulations set forth by the State Approval Agency of the California State Department of Education and the recommendations of the American Council on Education.
A maximum of 12 semester units will be allowed. A Veteran student will receive the following transferrable credits:
A copy of the veteran’s DD-214, member page 4 (Report of Separation from the Armed Forces) is required along with military transcripts and prior college transcripts. Request military transcripts at the Joint Services Transcript website.
You may submit Request for Evaluation forms to the Office of Admissions and Records after you are enrolled in classes at Bakersfield College and have appropriate documentation of your successful completions of the military courses.
As a veteran, you may use your military basic training to satisfy Area E of the California State University (CSU) General Education Requirements or the Bakersfield College General Education Requirement by request on transcript order forms.
The lounge inside Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Center is currently unavailable due to the physical campus closure. The hours for Veterans Services are below:
The VRC features a quiet study room, computer area, conference room with whiteboards, a lounge area with two televisions, coffee bar, microwave, and an outdoor patio area. The 4,700 square foot building is bright and offers a place for veterans and military-affiliated students to come enjoy camaraderie, study, rest, tutoring and use of the center’s computers.
Our club's mission is to be a resource for all veterans that are students of Bakersfield College in order to provide information, service, and a feeling of belonging. We meet in the VRC and our meeting dates are continually changing. Please stop by for the newest schedule.