Service Members, Veterans and Families Invited to College Boot Camp at UC Riverside

Day-long conference to help some of Inland Southern California's 300,000 veterans on the road to a college education

Veteran alumni by the UCR sign

The Inland Empire College Boot Camp, co-sponsored by Student Special Services at UCR, is a one day conference designed to help active duty military, veterans, and their families pursue the dream of higher education. Photo by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (  — Helping service members, veterans and military families fulfill their dream of earning a college education is the purpose of the Inland Empire College Boot Camp, scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2013 at the University of California, Riverside Extension Center.

The IE College Boot Camp will provide attendees the opportunity to meet and ask questions of experts from area colleges and community organizations. The program is the result of a partnership between UCR, and several local schools and colleges, including Cal State San Bernardino, Riverside City College, and the University of Redlands, as well as the California Department of Veterans Affairs and local VA Vet Centers.  It is free for military and veterans and includes lunch.

Flyer for the Inland Empire College Boot Camp (click to enlarge the photo).

Flyer for the Inland Empire College Boot Camp (click to enlarge the photo).

Chryssa Jones, veterans services coordinator in Student Special Services at UCR, explained that the Inland Southern California region is home to nearly 300,000 veterans, which makes it one of the largest veteran communities in the U.S.  And while more than 50 colleges serve the region, many veterans and their families aren’t sure how to get started.

“The purpose of this one-day conference is to provide assistance to veterans, military members and their spouses who are thinking about going to college, but aren’t quite sure where to begin,” she said. “We want everyone to be able to leave this event with a goal, a plan, and an appointment to get started.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from a variety of schools and colleges during the “Resource Expo” to learn more about specific programs and how to apply.  Breakout session topics include:

  • evaluating academic options,
  • disabilities and academic support,
  • preparing to transfer to a four-year university,
  • how to apply for financial aid and scholarships,
  • career planning and vocational training,
  • DOD and VA educational benefits for military, veterans and families.

The VA’s Mobile Vet Center will also be available on-site to assist veterans with claims and applications.

The UC Riverside Extension Center is located at 1200 University Ave. in Riverside. Individuals interested in attending the conference can register online at  Information will also be regularly updated on the event’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@IEcollegeboot).

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Chryssa Jones, veterans services coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-5391

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