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Veterans Upward Bound Offers New Training

February 6, 2012

Many colleges incorporate military help programs that employ veterans to work with newly transitioning military personnel into the civilian job force. Veterans have so many questions when getting started with college. How many college credits can I qualify for? What will my G.I. Bill pay for? Are my living expenses covered? The answers to these questions also combine with trouble over choosing the right major. National programs like Veterans Upward Bound can really help to point military students in the right direction.

The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound is a program offered by the U.S. Department of Education. Many colleges incorporate the program to help with military students. G.I. Jobs Magazine named some of the top military-friendly schools in the country, and most of them have the Veterans Upward Bound Program. Pensacola State College (PSC) scored in the top 20 percent of all U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace America's veterans. PSC helps veterans through its Veterans Upward Bound program.

"Veterans are a rich part of our history and a valued part of our future," said PSC President Ed Meadows. "When we opened our doors in 1948, the college welcomed Pensacola's young men and women recently returning from World War II. Since that time, thousands upon thousands of veterans and their family members have attended Pensacola State College."

While Veterans Upward Bound is offered around the country, PSC is the only one in Florida that offers the program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and gives eliglble veterans with services such as free tutoring and college prep.

"We offer three levels of classes to get them up to speed to take their placement test and get started," said Keith Wise, academic coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound.

Textbooks and supplies are also available through the program. Academic assistance and financial aid are two of the most important services offered to veterans. However, another problem is assimilation. Military persons often find that civilian life just isn't suitable for them. That's why Veterans Upward Bound facilities provide a place for veterans to come together and also figure out a plan for college success.

Workshops are held regularly through Veterans Upward Bound. The sessions go over different processes for getting into school, including credit transfers, financial assistance, G.I. Bill questions and spousal support. You can read more about the Veterans Upward Bound program and find a facility near you through the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound website. Part of the events run by the NAVUB program is the annual conference held in March in South Carolina.

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