The Veterans Upward Bound Program

If you’ve visited this blog before, you’ve no doubt read about the many challenges which veterans face when making the transition from the battlefield to the classroom. One day you’re fighting for your life and your country, and the next you’re studying for exams and trying to build a future for yourself. Each veteran copes differently, though most agree that programs tailored to the unique needs of these brave men and women can make the transition a bit easier.

The Veterans Upward Bound Program at Yavapai College is designed to help veterans with this process. The program, a non-profit organization funded by the U.S Department of Education, was established on campus in 2009. Just a handful of the many offerings available to veterans through this free program:

• Academic skills training & tutoring
• Career workshops & one-on-one counseling
• Books & other materials needed in the classroom
• Computer literacy training

"We want veterans to be more successful in their post-secondary education by providing the support and influence they need to be successful," said Deborah Pfingston, program manager of Veterans Upward Bound. "Our office is a hub for veterans on campus, a place where veterans can seek help in numerous aspects of their college career."

Because this program operates at no cost to the veterans taking advantage of it, Upward Bound helps lighten the financial burden of these non-traditional students in addition to helping them cope emotionally. Another way for veterans to significantly decrease the often sky-high costs associated with going to college is by earning credits through DSST. Though the average 3-credit course at a university in the US costs around $750, a DSST test - which, if passed, awards students those same three credits - costs just $80 (plus a sitting fee). And with 38 unique subjects from which to choose, it’s easy to find several exams to earn credit for, ultimately saving students hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.

What would you do with the money saved by earning college credit through a DSST exam? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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