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2018-2019 Catalog [Archived] 
    
2018-2019 Catalog [Archived] [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Support Services



ASB Student Discounts & Student Activities Fee

The Auxiliary Services Board (ASB) Student Activity Discount Sticker entitles students to receive discounts for El Camino College athletic events, Center for the Arts events, apparel at the El Camino College Bookstore, select local restaurants/businesses, and admission to participating movie theaters and amusement parks. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the Marsee Auditorium Ticket Office. The ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker financially supports activities such as student government, student clubs, student newspaper, speech and debate team, performing arts, and athletic teams.

The ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker is $15 each fall and spring semester. Students are charged this fee each semester at the time of enrollment. The ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker is not available for purchase during the summer term; however, the sticker is valid until the start of fall term.

Students may choose to decline purchasing the ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker when paying their fees online or at the Cashier’s Office. Students have until the last day of the add/drop period of full-term courses to decline purchasing the ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker and receive a refund. After this date, students will be unable to decline the purchase of the ASB Student Activity Discount Sticker or receive a refund.

Assessment/Testing Center

The Assessment/Testing Center is located in Room 217, on the second floor of the Student Services Center building. English, English as a Second Language (ESL) (Part 1) and mathematics placement testing are computerized and available on a drop-in basis according to posted hours. Placement into classes is based upon test scores and other multiple measures.

In addition to English, ESL (Part 1), and mathematics placement tests, the Assessment/Testing Center also administers the following exams: Ability-to- Benefit (ATB), chemistry placement, contemporary health, English as a Second Language (Part 2), and mathematics competency. Contact the Assessment/ Testing Center for further information or refer to the El Camino College Assessment/Testing webpage at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/assessmenttesting/.

Bookstore Services

The El Camino College Bookstore is located on the north side of campus, adjacent to the staff parking lot off the Manhattan Beach Boulevard entrance at Lemoli Street. The bookstore is owned and operated by El Camino College. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Textbooks can be returned for a full refund during the first week of the fall and spring semesters. Textbooks purchased for summer sessions can be returned the first three days of the sessions for a full refund. Textbooks must be in the original condition and a student must have his/her register receipt for a full refund. Contact the Bookstore for further refund information.

The Bookstore buys books back on a daily basis. The best time to sell books is during the last week of a semester or session. The Bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the original cost on textbooks that are being used for the next term.

Textbooks may be purchased online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/bookstore.asp. Click on the Bookstore and order textbooks for home delivery or in-store pickup.

Proceeds from the Bookstore are used to support the Auxiliary Services Fund and site improvement projects on campus.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)

The CalWORKs Program is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program to assist parents with children who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to obtain a vocational certificate, associate degree, or transfer to a four-year university in order to attain sustainable employment to become self-sufficient. The CalWORKs Program provides academic and support services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, career advisement, priority registration, childcare, and assistance with the completion of Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) documentation to meet welfare-to-work requirements.

In order to apply for the CalWORKs Program, students and at least one child must be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), be enrolled in at least 12 units per semester upon acceptance into the program, and sign a program contract with the College and the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

CalWORKs Program

Student Services Center, Room 205B
Telephone: 310-660-6057
Email: calworksinfo@elcamino.edu

Career Center Services

Career Center services are offered Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Career Center is located in the Counseling Offices on the first floor of the Student Services Center. Opportunities for extensive career planning and assessment of interests, personality, skills, and values are available.

Career exploration and workshops are also offered for vocational and pre-professional planning and job success.

Appointments for career exploration, assessments and counseling are available to current students and alumni. Career fairs, tours, workshops, and career orientations are scheduled throughout the year.

The Career Center has information, including books, online career resources, career-related material, and computerized career information systems, describing thousands of jobs and providing information on local, state, and national job markets and trends.

For more information, please call 310-660-3593, ext. 6137.

Cashier’s Office

The Cashier’s Office is located on the first floor of the Bookstore Building and is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students may pay fees, obtain class printouts, purchase parking permits and the Auxiliary Services Board (ASB) activity sticker. Students may purchase discounted theater and amusement park tickets at the ticket office, located at the Marsee Auditorium.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

The CARE Program is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who are single heads of household, at least 18 years of age, have at least one child under the age of 14, and receiving CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The CARE Program provides academic and financial support services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, grants, book vouchers, transportation assistance, school supplies, and much more.

In order to apply for the CARE Program, students must be eligible for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Program, a California resident (including AB540 students), be enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance into the program, and submit CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) certification from the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

CARE Program

Student Services Center, Room 205B
Telephone: 310-660-6066
Email: careinfo@elcamino.edu

Counseling Services

Counseling services are made available to students through scheduled appointments. Appointments to meet with a counselor are made one week in advance through the MyECC student portal. A student who has selected a major area of study is strongly encouraged to see one of the counselors assigned to that area; an undeclared or undecided student may see any counselor.

As an integral part of the Student Success Support program, counseling services are designed to assist students in clarifying career and life goals and in developing an appropriate course of study based on a student’s aptitudes, interests, and goals.

Express Counseling is available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for students who have questions that do not require transcript review.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

The EOPS Program is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. The EOPS Program provides academic and financial support services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, priority registration, grants, book vouchers, school supplies, tutoring, and much more.

In order to apply for the EOPS Program, students must be a California resident (including AB540 students), be enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance into the program, be considered educationally disadvantaged as defined by Title 5, taken the English or English as a Second Language (ESL) and mathematics assessment tests, meet the EOPS income criterion, and be eligible for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW - Method A, B, or C with zero Expected Family Contribution).

EOPS Program

Student Services Center, Room 203
Telephone: 310-660-3466
Email: eops@elcamino.edu

Financial Aid

El Camino College offers a variety of financial aid programs to help students with education-related expenses. These include grants, employment (Federal Work-Study), and scholarships.

Detailed information, application forms, and professional financial aid advising are available in the Financial Aid Office in the Administration building. Assistance with applications is also available in the Financial Aid Computer Lab located in the Student Services Center.

To qualify for financial aid and maintain eligibility for the programs, federal and state regulations indicate that you must:

  1. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the renewal FAFSA, or online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
  2. Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Be a high school graduate or have completed the GED or passed the High School Proficiency Examination.
  4. Be enrolled and in good standing.
  5. Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  6. Demonstrate financial need.
  7. Be registered with Selective Service if you are a male between 18 and 25 years old and not a current member of the active armed forces.
  8. Not be in default on any educational loan and not owe a refund on a grant received for attendance at any post-secondary institution.

AB540 Students

California State Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131) allows for any student who meets AB 540 eligibility criteria to apply and receive, if eligible, state-based financial aid at all California public colleges and universities. State-based financial aid includes the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW), Cal Grants, and Chafee Grants.

Complete the Dream Act Application at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp

Federal Refund Requirements

Students who withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60 percent of the semester will have their financial aid eligibility recalculated. Based on the percentage of the semester completed, students will be required to repay any unearned financial aid they received.

At El Camino College, a student’s withdrawal date is:

  1. the date the student officially notified the Admissions Office of his or her intent to withdraw, or
  2. the student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity.

Students who receive Federal Pell Grant and are dropped as “No Show” by instructors will be required to repay the entire amount they received.

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B awards range from $418 to $1,670 at community colleges. This grant provides subsistence payments for entering freshmen with no more than one semester full-time or 16 units of part- time coursework completed. The funds may be applied toward living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation.

Cal Grant B Entitlement Award

This award is for graduating high school students and students who graduated high school during the previous year who have at least a 2.0 grade point average. Students in this category must also fall within certain family income and asset ceilings. Students must apply within a year of graduating and meet the March 2 deadline for filing the FAFSA and GPA Verification Form.

Cal Grant C Information

Cal Grant C awards assist students in occupational career training programs with paying tuition costs for students enrolled at community colleges. Selection is based on GPA, education and employment history, vocational aptitude, and financial need. Course length must be at least four months. Cal Grant C is not for students pursuing a four-year college degree.

California Chafee Grants

The California Chafee Grant Program awards up to $5,000 a year for vocational and technical training or college for current or former foster youth. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Chafee Grant application, which is available online at http://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov

Child Development Grant

The Child Development Grant Program is designed to encourage students to enter the field of child care and development in a licensed children’s center. Students must be enrolled at least half time in coursework leading to a Child Development Permit. Eligible students may receive up to $1,000 per year.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program that assists students in paying for their education after high school. The Federal Pell Grant awards for full-time students range from approximately $600 to $5,920 a year. Federal Pell Grant awards are available only to students who have not received a bachelor’s degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federal program designed to supplement other sources of financial aid for students with exceptional need who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. FSEOG awards range from $100 to $600 per year, depending on need and availability of funds.

Aid for Native Americans

Native American students are entitled to receive educational assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Applications for BIA grants and vocational assistance are available from U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices or online at http://www.bie.edu.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Students may earn at least minimum wage and work 20 hours a week. Funding is based on financial need and available funds.

California College Promise Grant (Formerly BOG Fee Waiver) - Special Classifications

Students who are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or dependents of an honoree, dependents of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, or dependents of deceased law enforcement/fire suppression persons killed in the line of duty are eligible for a Special Classification fee waiver. Students with certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General are also eligible for a waiver.

California College Promise Grant - Method A

For this waiver, students must be receiving TANF, SSI, or General Assistance and be legal residents of California. The CCPG application must be completed and a copy of a current monthly check or Untaxed Income Verification form must be submitted. Students are awarded up to $46 a unit per semester, based on enrollment status. This is not a cash award to students but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. Eligible students are not required to pay health fees. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

California College Promise Grant - Method B

For this waiver, students must meet low-income criteria and be legal residents of California. The CCPG application must be completed and a copy of the prior year’s federal tax return may be requested. Students are awarded up to $46 per unit per semester, based on enrollment. This is not a cash award to students, but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. The Board of Governors reserves the right to change the enrollment fees and the adjusted gross income financial limits every year. Please check with the Financial Aid Office or the webpage for current year information. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

You will be asked to provide documentation of income.

California College Promise Grant - Method C

For this waiver, students must demonstrate financial need at a minimum of $1,104 and be legal residents of California. Eligibility is based on the completed FAFSA. Students are awarded $46 a unit per semester based on enrollment status. This is not a cash award to students, but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

This information is subject to change pending new regulations. Please check with the Financial Aid Office for any changes in eligibility.

Library & Learning Resources

Learning Resources Center (LRC)

The Learning Resources Center is dedicated to helping students of El Camino College achieve their academic goals. The LRC offers academic support services and resources - tutoring, instructional software for basic reading and math, media materials, and open-access computer labs - at no cost to all El Camino College students. All LRC services located in the library are open during library hours. For additional information, visit www.elcamino.edu/library/lrc or call 310-660-3511. The LRC programs are located in the following areas:

The Library Media Technology Center (LMTC)

The Library Media Technology Center, located in the library basement, is El Camino College’s general-use computer lab with over 130 computers. The LMTC has fully networked Windows-based computers, color and laser printing, scanning, adaptive access tools, and internet access. Software includes word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, and graphics programs. Students may also use a variety of software programs for specific disciplines.

The Basic Skills Study Center (BSSC)

The Basic Skills Study Center, located on the second floor of the library, has 138 computers for students to use if they have an El Camino College student ID card with a current term sticker. This area also has individualized computer-assisted instruction in basic reading and math. Students will be given a diagnostic placement test and a personal study plan.

The Learning Resources Center (LRC) Tutoring Program

The Learning Resources Center Tutoring Program, located on the second floor of the library, offers free drop-in tutoring for many subjects including, but not limited to, English, ESL, mathematics, chemistry, business, biology, music, and foreign languages. All tutoring is provided by trained tutors. Any registered El Camino College student may meet with a tutor on a drop-in basis. Reservations are not required. The current tutoring schedule is posted in the Learning Center and at: www.elcamino.edu/Library/lrc/tutoring. Free online tutoring is also available for students when they cannot meet face-to-face with a tutor or a tutor is not available. To register and use this service, go to www.nettutor.com/ecc.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center, located on the second floor of the library, houses a media-materials collection to supplement instruction in many academic disciplines. The collection includes disarticulated skeletons, human anatomy models, maps, text materials, and DVDs. Equipment is also available for viewing videos and DVDs.

Library

The Schauerman Library is the research center of the campus housing a collection of more than 120,000 volumes of books, and hundreds of newspapers and periodicals. The library supports the El Camino College community by providing resources that promotes the continued development of information literacy skills.

During the fall and spring semesters, the library is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The summer and winter session hours vary (please call the library for these hours). The library is closed when classes are not in session.

Materials are grouped throughout the facilities for easy use in Reference and Reserve/Periodical Rooms, as well as in the general collection book stacks. Open stacks are maintained to give students direct access to all books. The Reserve Room contains material required for some supplementary assignments and a collection of textbooks. The library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize the physical book collection.

The Reference and Periodical Rooms provide materials for research. Computers are available to support library research via online databases and web access. Online book catalogs are located throughout the library. The Library Media Technology Center, located in the East Wing basement, provides computers for word processing, scanning, and web access.

A fine of $.25 per day is charged for overdue circulating books. Overdue Reserve/Textbook Collection materials are charged $.25 an hour. Lost books are charged at the rate of the cost of the book plus $10 processing fee.

The library lobby is frequently used as an adjunct art gallery, displaying works by students and area artists.

Photo Identification Card

All El Camino College students are encouraged to obtain a free student photo identification card. The student photo identification cards are available in the Student Activities Center. Hours of operation vary; please call the Student Development Office at 310-660-3593 ext. 3500 for information. The cards serve as photo identification and are required for library and lab services, campus activities, and for verification of attendance in certain classes. Student photo identification cards are also needed to use any campus computers.

RISE Center

Responsive to the needs of students

Innovative strategies for success

Synergetic and working together through collaboration

Engaging students, faculty and the community

The RISE Center is committed to being an active participant in students’ educational experience so that they receive the support and attention to be successful academically. Working collaboratively with other academic and student support services, the RISE Center offers a variety of services and activities to support student success including workshops, academic counseling, a computer lab and referrals to resources on and off campus. The RISE Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services Center, room 213. The RISE Center telephone number is 310-660-3593 ext. 7800.

Scholarships

The El Camino College Foundation serves the needs of El Camino College students by providing financial resources to assist with their education. The most direct student support is through scholarships. Thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses and corporations in our community, El Camino College Foundation awards more than $600,000 annually. Current students continuing their education at El Camino College, incoming high school students, and students transferring to four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply for El Camino College scholarships.

The El Camino College Scholarship online application period takes place during the fall semester. Scholarships are awarded in the spring to be activated the following fall semester. Students may apply through the MyECC Portal at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/fao/main_scholar.asp and click the link titled “Scholarship Application.” Six graded units and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 are required to apply. Students must complete the online application and submit a faculty letter of recommendation to be eligible. High school students interested in applying for the Foundation’s high school scholarships should contact their high school counselors.

In addition to the scholarships offered by the El Camino College Foundation, the Scholarship Office provides information on a vast number of outside scholarship opportunities. For questions or additional information about the scholarships that are available or for assistance applying for a scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Office at 310-660-6541 or visit the Scholarship Office located in Administration 119 or online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/fao/main_scholar.asp.

Special Resource Center

The mission of the El Camino College Special Resource Center (SRC) is to facilitate academic success for students with disabilities by providing equal access to educational opportunities in an integrated campus setting.

Students with disabilities are an integral and vital part of the El Camino College community. The SRC provides support services, adaptive equipment, computer technology, and specialized instruction to serve students with verified disabilities. The SRC provides accommodations for both academic and extracurricular college activities. The SRC’s primary goal is to provide accommodations necessary to assist students with achieving their educational and vocational goals while promoting self-advocacy and independent learning. The SRC Office promotes shared responsibility with the student, instructor, and college staff for student success. The assistance provided by the SRC is in addition to services and instruction otherwise available to all students.

In order to be eligible for support services, equipment, or instruction, a student must have verification of his/ her disability.

Support services are provided on an individual basis as agreed during consultation with a counselor or specialist. Services may include: registration assistance; educational development courses, academic or vocational counseling; educational and diagnostic assessment; American Sign Language and oral interpreting; Braille transcribing; alternate format materials; student skill assistance; testing accommodations; or equipment loans. Support services are directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disabilities of the students to be served. Support services promote the maximum independence, integration, and participation of students with disabilities in the educational process and activities consistent with the mission of El Camino College. (Please refer to ECC Board Policy 1600).

Special classes are available with curriculum designed to provide specialized instruction for various types of disabilities and learning styles. These special classes are listed under Educational Development in the catalog. The Adapted Physical Education Program (APE Program) is available for students who may benefit from physical education offerings with adaptation and personalized instruction. These activity courses are listed within the Physical Education  section of the catalog and schedule of classes. For information on special class repetition, refer to “Course Repetition Policy and Active Participatory Course Limitations ” located in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

All students seeking admission to El Camino College must meet these levels of independence:

  1. The ability to negotiate the campus facilities independently or with the assistance of their own equipment or attendant
  2. The possession of a stable level of health to benefit from a full semester’s work

The SRC does not provide assistants for personal use.

The Special Resource Center is located on the east side of the Student Services Center. Please visit or contact us.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is located on the south side of campus, adjacent to the swimming pool. Walk-in hours are Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. HIV Clinic hours are on Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Health Center is staffed by nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physicians, clinical psychologists, and chiropractors. Students are seen on a walk-in basis or may be scheduled for an appointment with physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, or chiropractors.

Some of the free services provided are general medical care and treatment, first aid, family planning, and health education. Short-term psychological counseling on an individual basis by psychologists is free of charge. Lab services such as Pap smears, blood tests, or pregnancy tests are available at low cost.

Workshops on health-related issues such as stress management, test anxiety, assertiveness training, improving communication skills and anger management are also offered through Student Health Services.

Health services are provided for students 18 years of age or older who pay the mandatory health fee. High school students permitted to attend the college on a concurrent enrollment basis are not eligible for health services. College students under 18 years of age subject to other admissions criteria must pay the health fee and submit a parental or guardian consent form to receive health services.

Student Services Center

The Student Services Center building includes Admissions and Records, Counseling Services, Transfer and Career Services, and the Special Resource Center on the first floor. The CalWORKs/CARE, EOPS, First Year Experience, Outreach and School Relations, and the Assessment/Testing Center are on the second floor. The Information Desk in the foyer, staffed during most hours the building is open, has a variety of information available including campus maps and brochures and other information on courses, special events, and campus activities. Building hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transfer Center

Transfer services are offered Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Counseling Offices on the first floor of the Student Services Center building. The Transfer Center offers a wide range of services and activities designed to assist students in transferring successfully to the four-year college or university of their choice.

Among the transfer services offered are professional transfer counseling and advisement, regularly scheduled visits by recruiting and admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities, and workshops on major steps in the transfer process. Other activities offered include university fairs on the El Camino College campus and frequent field trips to an array of major universities. A calendar of Transfer Center activities is published monthly and is widely distributed. A transfer guide is published annually. Information about public and private colleges and universities is available through the Transfer Center. Visit online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/co and click on Transfer Services to find the latest information on fairs, tours, and workshops. In addition, find the latest information about the benefits of earning an Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Transfer Degree (AA-T/AS-T), and UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs.

Tutorial Services

The Learning Resources Center Tutorial Program located on the second floor of the library, offers free drop-in tutoring for many subjects including, but not limited to English, ESL, mathematics, chemistry, business, biology, music, and foreign languages. All tutoring is provided by trained tutors. Any registered El Camino College student may meet with a tutor on a drop-in basis. Reservations are not required. The current tutoring schedule is posted in the Learning Center and at www.elcamino.edu/Library/lrc/tutoring. Free online tutoring is also available for students when they cannot meet face-to-face with a tutor or a tutor is not available. To register and use this service, go to www.nettutor.com/ecc.

 Veterans Services

Veterans Affairs pays education benefits to veterans, service persons, those in the National Guard or active reserves, and eligible dependents and survivors of totally disabled or deceased veterans under a number of benefit programs. Students eligible for these benefits must apply for them each semester through the El Camino College Veterans Services Center, located in the Admissions Office (Student Service Center Room 105A), telephone number 310- 660-3486. The Veterans Resource Center can be found in the breezeway between the Student Services Center and the Student Activities Center. With a counselor-approved educational plan, the El Camino College Veterans Office certifies courses required for a certificate program, the associate degree, and for transferable four-year degrees on behalf of Veterans Affairs.

Students collecting VA educational benefits must achieve satisfactory progress. If the student falls below graduation standards (2.0 GPA) or is on progress probation for two consecutive semesters, El Camino College is required to notify the VA. The VA will terminate benefits unless it can be shown that the student is pursuing an appropriate objective and has a reasonable chance for success in the chosen program.

Veterans with service disabilities may be eligible for a special vocational rehabilitation program offered by Veterans Affairs. Contact the local VA office for more information at 1-800-827-1000.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs provides a tuition waiver program to eligible dependents and survivors of disabled and deceased veterans. Applications are available in the El Camino College Veterans Office, by calling 213-744-4825, or at www.calvet.ca.gov/.

Because timely receipt of benefit checks cannot be assured by the VA, especially at the beginning of each semester, students should not depend on them for their beginning of the semester expenses. It is also the responsibility of the student to notify the El Camino College Veterans Office of any change in unit load during the semester.

In most cases, eligibility for benefits expires 10 years after last discharge or release from active duty. However, benefits for those participating in the Post- 9/11 programs expire 15 years after last discharge or release from active duty. For more information, call the Veterans Affairs toll free information line at 1-800- 827-1000, the Education Service line at 1-888-442- 4551, or go to www.gibill.va.gov.

Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in Humanities 122, serves all El Camino College students who need assistance with writing. The Writing Center offers one-on-one writing conferences with highly qualified tutors, all of whom have a bachelor’s or master’s degree. In addition, the Writing Center offers tutorials in grammar, documentation, and specialized writing tasks such as college application letters.

To receive services, students must bring their El Camino College identification card, a flash drive to save their work, and a writing assignment from class if they intend to request a writing conference.

All services are drop-in; no appointment is necessary. Writing Center hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Writing Center telephone number is 310-660- 3873. Please visit the Writing Center’s webpage for more information: www.elcamino.edu/academics/humanities/writingcenter.