The Bluefield State College Veterans Upward Bound Program has exceeded its fiscal year goal of enrolling 128 participants in the program, even though the program is just four months into its new year.
VUB Director Ron Holt attributed the popularity of the program, which is designed to assist service veterans, to an increased awareness of its success. "To date, the Veterans Upward Bound program at BSC has placed many veterans in postsecondary education," Holt said. "The program gives veterans the opportunity to continue their education and/or pursue their individual goals."
The Veterans Upward Bound ProgramÕs services include career and academic counseling and testing, short-term refresher courses in computers, math, and sciences, and assistance in completing college entrance applications, SAT/ACT applications, and financial aid forms. Veterans Upward Bound services are free to qualifying service veterans in the program, and the program pays a monthly stipend to help offset expenses for eligible veterans.
"Although we have met our goal for participants in this 12-week term, we still have a limited amount of available funding to provide services to additional qualifying veterans on a first-come/first-served basis," Holt noted. "We are looking for service veterans interested in pursuing postsecondary education--through college or through some type of vocational-technical training."
The Veterans Upward Bound Program has offices at BSC campuses in Bluefield (327-4288), Beckley (255-5866), and Lewisburg (645-6123). Additional information may be obtained by calling (toll-free) at 1-888-428-0485.
Holt also announced the addition of Al Hancock, a VUB counselor in Bluefield, to staff. "Our growth has come as a result of a program that meets important needs of service veterans. We've been successful, too, because of a hard-working faculty and staff, and because of the willingness of Bluefield State to make us a part of the College community."