The Citrus College Veterans Program began in January 2007 when Professor Dr. Bruce O. Solheim, along with a few veteran students, started the Citrus College Veterans Network (CCVN).
Dr. Solheim had noticed more and more young veterans were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and taking both his Vietnam War and World War II history courses. Taking the Vietnam War and World War II classes allow young veterans to safely explore the impact of war without dealing directly with their own traumatic experiences. These gateway courses help young veteran students begin to process their traumatic exposure experiences and prepare them for gaining insight, perspective, and healing.
In 2010, Citrus College was awarded a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS), grant by the Department of Education.
Veterans Summit II · December 2012
Citrus College's exemplary services to veterans have garnered outstanding recognition over the years, receiving grants from the Wal-Mart Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as publicity at the national, state and local levels. In October 2012, the State Chancellor's Office invited the community colleges to submit a short video presented at the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit II (December 6 and 7, 2012) in Redwood City.