Terence Nelson is the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program Coordinator and Veterans Counselor. He developed and directed the VETS Program since 2009 yet in January 2016 he began the full time role coordinating the department from the faculty ranks. Prior to this role, Terence served as the Transfer, Career, and Special Programs (TC&SP) Division Dean which encompassed eleven student services and instructional departments as well as several grant funded student support initiatives. During that time, he was also the direct lead for the Career Center, Re-Entry Center, and the Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program. Prior to entering administration he worked as a general, ESL, transfer, and athletic counselor, a learning center coordinator, the Teacher Preparation Pipeline counselor, a grant writer, and track coach. Dean Nelson currently serves as the Past President of the Region 8 Veterans Program Directors Consortium covering 20 colleges from Mission Viejo to Glendora. He held the position of President for 3 years and is the Region 8 representative to the State Chancellors Office. Terence serves on the Southern California Army Advisory Council and Orange County Legislative Task Force. He has been recognized by OC Metro Magazine as one of the 2009 “Top 40 Under 40” in Orange County and as the 2012 “CAPED Administrator of the Year”. He is a current board member of NAVPA and is involved in many statewide and federal legislative and policy efforts. As a California Community College graduate, he has first-hand experience as to the opportunities our state's public higher education system offers.
Connect with the VETS Program at www.saddleback.edu/vets or on Facebook at www.facebook.edu/SaddlebackCollegeVETSProgram/