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Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 12, 2013

Operation Gateway for veterans

Las Positas College hosting seminar encouraging higher education

by Isabella Ohlmeyer

Las Positas College is holding an all-day seminar in two weeks to help inform, encourage and motivate veterans who wish to further pursue an education. The event, called Operation Gateway, is sponsored by the college's Veterans First Program.

The seminar will offer a full day of interactive workshops to jump start each veteran's transition back home and to civilian life. Topics to be discussed include course and major planning, registration, readjustment services, college resources and post-911 G.I. Bill benefits. It is also an opportunity for veterans to learn about other benefits and resources for them.

Coordinator Tony Santos is an advocate for veterans developing one-on-one relationships with each other.

"Operation Gateway is a good way for veterans to network with other veterans on campus, and to also be more prepared for the upcoming school semester," Santos said.

A book stipend is available for veteran students who are enrolled in at least six units at Las Positas College, attend the entire one-day seminar, and turn in a completed veterans evaluation form, as well as meet other eligibility requirements.

Todd Steffan, one of the speakers at the seminar, believes that Operation Gateway will help the veterans become comfortable with their younger peers on campus.

"Many of the veterans are older, structured and will be attending college along with 18- to 25-year-olds who are relaxed while still being structured," he said. "Hopefully, this seminar will help them transition smoothly into the college environment."

Operation Gateway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 19, is free; its location on the Las Positas Campus is to be determined. Veterans must sign up to attend; contact Tony Santos at 424-1572.

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