The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 7, 2012

Veterans Upward Bound assistance available in region


For The Register-Herald

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Many West Virginia military veterans are benefiting from an educational program called Veterans Upward Bound, a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program dedicated to helping veterans take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

The program is headquartered at Davis & Elkins College but provides services throughout West Virginia. VUB provides all services and materials free of charge to program participants and can help prepare them for higher education by offering refresher classes in English, math, science and computer skills.

Refresher classes are offered in Lewisburg, Beckley, Summersville and other areas of the state on a continual basis. Classes normally take place one evening per week for eight or 12 weeks. The next classes will begin the week of Oct. 15.

Veterans Upward Bound also can help veterans secure all the financial aid they deserve, simplify and streamline the means to admission and enrollment, help veterans understand GI benefits and provide time-saving links to other veterans agencies. It is a resource and referral service for any questions veterans may have.

To receive assistance from Veterans Upward Bound, military veterans must not have received a dishonorable discharge. They also must receive a modest income or be a first-generation college student (meaning neither of their parents attained a four-year college degree).

For more information, call Curtis Pauley at 304-646-0684, e-mail pauleyc@dewv.edu, or visit the website www.vubwv.org.