PGCC Veterans Upward Bound program holds successful expo
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.
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.