California State University San Marcos.  Photo by Chris Stone
California State University San Marcos. Photo by Chris Stone

Cal State San Marcos will open a new center Tuesday for it’s growing number of students who are veterans, now the highest percentage in the California State University system.

The 1,000-square-foot energy-efficient building was donated by students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, who designed and built it for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon.

The structure was placed on a vacant lot adjacent to Science Hall 1 and Markstein Hall at Cal State San Marcos.

About 11 percent of the university’s students are veterans, service members, reservists, or spouses or other dependents, and that number is expected to grow as more military personnel retire or discharge and move into the civilian world, school officials said. The percentage is the highest in the state university system.

The center replaces a smaller facility that opened in Craven Hall in 2008, and will offer military-affiliated students a kitchen, lounge, event space and a conference room. The students will also receive assistance in navigating the admissions process, accessing their GI benefits, registering for courses, accessing campus resources and getting involved in leadership and social activities.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.