The Veterans Upward Bound program, with offices at Bluefield State College's Greenbrier Community College Center (as well as sites at BSC campuses in Bluefield and Beckley) provides a variety of services for service veterans.
Among the services offered through VUB are career and academic counseling and testing, short-term refresher courses in computers, math, sciences, grammar and composition, 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.
John Diaz, BSC VUB counselor at the Greenbrier Community College Center, notes, "The Veterans Upward Bound program gives service veterans the opportunity to continue their education and/or pursue their individual educational goals. We give veterans who are first generation college students and/or low income individuals an opportunity to improve their lives. Often, they haven't had the financial means or the role model to assist them in pursuing additional education."
Diaz stresses there is no pressure in VUB courses. "They are academic refresher courses that prepare veterans to go to college," he said. "Our instructors understand the veterans who take part in the program. Our students are older than normal college-going students, and often have handled difficult life circumstances and personal issues."
Individuals interested in additional information may contact Diaz at the Greenbrier Community College Center at (304) 645-6123.