PGCC Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound pro­gram holds suc­cess­ful expo

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - By HAN­NAH TROYER Staff writer

The Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound pro­gram opened its doors to in­ter­ested vet­er­ans dur­ing its an­nual expo event April 12.

At least 50 vet­er­ans — of all ages — learned about the re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion the pro­gram of­fers as well as the vet­eran-spe­cific pro­grams at the col­lege. Vet­er­ans also got the chance to talk with state vet­eran pro­grams in­clud­ing AMVETS and the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Com­mis­sion.

The expo event took place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bladen Hall on the col­lege’s cam­pus. Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, A’Lelianne War­ren, was pleased with how the day’s event turned out.

“I think it went re­ally, re­ally well. A lot of peo­ple based on the eval­u­a­tions felt like ven­dors who were there were ben­e­fi­cial es­pe­cially AMVETS and we had a credit or­ga­ni­za­tion that deals with fix­ing your credit,” War­ren said. “Over­all, I think it went well. It was the right amount of time. Two hours wasn’t too long, but it wasn’t too short ei­ther.”

War­ren said vet­er­ans seemed to find the Mary­land Com­mis­sion of Vet­er­ans booth to be most help­ful in ad­di­tion to AMVETS and the credit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The credit or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fered credit score ad­vice to vet­er­ans — in­clud­ing the dif­fer­ent scores needed to buy a car, house, or start a busi­ness.

Four peo­ple even signed up to fill one of the 38 spots left in the Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound pro­gram.

“We had three peo­ple yes­ter­day who signed up on the spot and then we had one come back to­day for the pro­gram. I am pleased with that,” War­ren said. “Nor­mally we have four peo­ple sign up a week and then we had four in less than 24 hours. The expo did its job.”

With the expo a suc­cess and com­pleted, War­ren and her team are get­ting ready to tackle their next mis­sion — the Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound pro­gram’s sec­ond an­nual Suc­cess Con­fer­ence to be held at the col­lege’s stu­dent cen­ter.

The Suc­cess Con­fer­ence will take place May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The con­fer­ence — open to vet­er­ans, their spouses and de­pen­dents — will fo­cus on four ar­eas in­clud­ing col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, ways to be suc­cess­ful, dress­ing for suc­cess and in­ter­view­ing tech­niques and re­sume tips.

War­ren said the event is an im­por­tant re­source for vet­er­ans want­ing to pur­sue col­lege and those who may want to join the work force in­stead.

“The event is very im­por­tant. Not all vet­er­ans are in­ter­ested in go­ing to school and some like to go out im­me­di­ately into the work force,” War­ren said. “The event is go­ing to help them with the dress­ing for suc­cess and re­sumes be­cause vets are used to wear­ing uni­forms. This event will let you know what to­day’s [busi­ness clothes] stan­dard is be­cause it changes so of­ten.”

War­ren also said the event will help vet­er­ans tai­lor their re­sumes around their MOS qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“In the mil­i­tary, you have a spe­cial set of skills and you want to em­pha­size those skills and get a job,” War­ren said. “We just want to get them pre­pared for suc­cess — whether it’s sur­viv­ing col­lege, get­ting a re­ward­ing ca­reer or just life in gen­eral.”

Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound is also start­ing to pre­pare for its Vet­eran and Ed­u­ca­tion Re­source Fair sched­uled for Aug. 11. The event, in part­ner­ship with the col­lege’s Of­fice of Re­cruit­ment, aims to get vet­er­ans in­volved with Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound and signed up for col­lege cour­ses.

For in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther up­com­ing event, call 301546-0981, or email vub.pgcc. edu.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A vet­eran re­ceives in­for­ma­tion at the Vet­er­ans Up­ward Bound Expo April 12. Over 50 vet­er­ans at­tended the event and gath­ered in­for­ma­tion on the ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram as well as other state vet­eran pro­grams.

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