The Veterans Upward Bound staff are dedicated to fully developing the personal potential of all U.S. military veterans by improving and extending educational access and opportunities to eligible veterans through academic needs assessment, instruction, enrichment and other academic support activities.
Veterans Upward Bound is part of The Federal TRIO Programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO Veterans Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Division of Special Services, Title IV, Higher Education Act.
What is Veterans Upward Bound?
Veterans Upward Bound is a no-cost program designed specifically to serve the needs of today’s veterans. VUB offers a unique range of services to prepare participants for renewing their formal education, whether at a two-year college, four-year university or a vocational/technical school. All services are provided free of charge, including instruction, advising, textbooks and supplies.
Metropolitan Community College Veterans Upward Bound serves veterans in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge and Washington counties. Our office is located on the Metropolitan Community College, South Omaha Campus in the Industrial Training Center Building, room 100Q.
When may I start?
We encourage you to begin as soon as possible! Our goal is to prepare you to begin or return to school. The ideal time to start your VUB program is at least one term before you intend to enroll in classes.
Who is Eligible?
To benefit from the free educational services offered by VUB, veterans must meet a few simple eligibility requirements.
Participants must be:
1. Veterans with a least 180 days of active duty service, or if less than 180 days, must be discharged or released because of a service connected disability,
2. A member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days, or a member of a reserve component of the US Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001.
Veterans who meet at least one of the following criteria:
Meet federal low-income guidelines
A potential first-generation college student (neither of your parents completed a four-year college degree
Are a veteran at risk of academic failure
What type of services are provided?
The services provided by the VUB program are:
Assistance completing college admission forms
Personal academic advising and career counseling
Help with GI Bill® applications
Assistance completing financial aid applications and finding scholarships
Career guidance and planning
Cultural field trips and college visits
Tutoring and mentoring
Referrals to other community agencies serving veterans
VUB Activities Include:
Academic boot camp
FAFSA completion night
VUB is a TRIO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
To be considered for participation in the VUB Program please complete and submit an application.
Metropolitan Community College
South Omaha Campus, ITC Bldg., Rm 100Q
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha, NE 68107
Director: James Hawthrone, III
Education Specialist: Sharon Kramer
Outreach Specialist: Elizabeth Vazquez