Last updated: 11/1/2012 2:32:23 PM
Yavapai College has received a $1.25 million grant over five years to fund its Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)-TRiO program for qualified veterans in Northern Arizona. The college is one of just 51 colleges in the country to receive a Veterans Upward Bound grant from the U. S. Department of Education.
“We are extremely proud of our Veterans Upward Bound-TRiO Program at Yavapai College,” said Jane Hersh, District Director for TRiO Programs. “This grant will allow us to continue supporting eligible veterans by giving them the tools, resources and encouragement they need to reach their educational and occupational goals.”
The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)-TRiO program, funded by the U.S Department of Education, began nationally in 1972. VUB helps veterans with their transition into the academic community as they pursue a postsecondary education.
The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)-TRiO program was established on the Yavapai College campus in 1999. The program at Yavapai College serves 125 eligible veterans annually and provides free services, including college entrance assistance, academic instruction and educational programs.
With this new grant, the VUB program will expand its use of technology to reach veterans living throughout the five-county northern Arizona target area by offering college prep courses and workshops that can be accessed at a time and place convenient to the participant. Whether accessing program materials from their personal computers, computers made available at partner organizations or institutions, or in traditional classrooms, veterans will have options to obtain the support needed to make progress toward fulfilling their educational goals.
The program is free to all qualifying veterans. VUB provides free academic skills training and tutoring in computer literacy, grammar and composition, mathematics, science and language. Also included for free are books, workshops, career counseling, classroom materials and online skill building.
Hersh added that the Northern Arizona VUB program at Yavapai College works with a variety of on-campus and off-campus resources to help veterans become successful college student as civilians. “Our mission is to empower veterans to achieve success in college and in life,” Hersh said.
For more information, contact the VUB office at 928-717-7686, or toll-free 1-800-922-6787, ext. 7686. The main office is located on the Yavapai College Prescott campus, 1100 East Sheldon Street, Building 1 Room 209. Their website is www.yc.edu/VUB.