While the nation honors military men and women on November 11, through Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), the University of Central Missouri helps those who fought for their country obtain educational assistance they need to prepare for and serve in new careers.

According to a news release from UCM:

“Our mission is veteran success in academia,” said Tonya Kuranda, director of VUB and a United States Air Force veteran. “We accomplish this through an individualistic approach with regard to each veteran.

“When a veteran walks in our office and becomes a participant in the program, we make it a priority to build a relationship of trust and authenticity,” she said. “Each veteran has a unique story and plan for their future, however, all of them require a strong foundation out of the gate as they pursue their education.”

Serving a 10-county area, VUB is a federally funded TRIO program made possible by a U.S. Department of Education grant. It is a free program designed to help veterans refresh their academic skills and give them the confidence they need to successfully obtain a college degree or pursue other post-secondary education opportunities that will help them transition into civilian jobs.

To find out about eligibility and to have other questions answered about Veterans Upward Bound, call 660-543-8124 or visit the VUB website at https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/veterans-upward-bound/.