The GSCC Veterans Program receives money from the Federal Government

Gadsden State Community College’s Veterans Upward Bound program received a grant renewal totaling more than $1.6 million over five years.

According to a college press release, the program will receive $327,543 per year from the U.S. Department of Education through September 2027.

This follows grants received in July specifically for Upward Bound programs at GSCC’s Wallace Drive campus in Gadsden and its Ayers campus in Anniston. This will total a total of $711,663 over the next year, plus a commitment of additional funds through 2027.

“The grants are critical to Gadsden State’s ability to continue to provide services to our veterans through VUB and those from disadvantaged backgrounds through Upward Bound,” said Pam Johnson, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness. , grants and special projects, in the press release. “The VUB is designed to help veterans achieve their academic and professional goals. Through grants, we are able to provide a wide variety of services at no cost to eligible veterans.

These services include academic assessment and counseling; educational benefit information; financial aid and scholarships; college enrollment assistance; career planning and exploration; tutoring services; computer training; financial management and planning; veteran-related workshops; and community service projects.

Eligible veterans can receive a monthly stipend, according to the release, by participating in weekly VUB educational activities.

“We provide veterans with individualized action plans designed to help them reach their full potential,” said VUB Director Sarah Aultman. “We also connect them to many resources that will help them navigate life after the military.”

Gadsden State’s VUB programs are one of only three in the state, and while it has offices on the Wallace Drive and Ayers campuses, its staff also serves veterans from Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee , Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties. This sometimes involves staff travel

“We recently added Clay and Shelby counties to our service area,” Aultman said. “We are proud to serve approximately 125 veterans each year from all 12 counties.”

While many of these veterans attend Gadsden State, VUB has also helped clients enroll in partner schools such as UAB, Jacksonville State University, and Lawson State Community College.

“We are proud that 86% of veterans who successfully complete their VUB educational program enroll in a post-secondary institution,” Aultman said.

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