WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has been awarded a grant for $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Veterans Upward Bound program, which assists veterans in acquiring the skills needed for admission into postsecondary education programs.
“I applaud Prince George’s Community College for all it is doing to help our veterans acquire the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century economy,” said Senator Cardin. “Prince George’s County is home to more than 65,000 veterans, many of whom want to pursue their education and acquire new skills for the workforce. This grant for the Veterans Upward Bound will make that possible.”
“It’s one thing to fight a war. It’s another thing for our veterans to come home and fight for quality education,” said Senator Mikulski, a member of the Senate Military Family Caucus. “These federal dollars and the Veterans Upward Bound program will help our veterans get the skills they need to pursue higher education when they come home from war.”
The Veterans Upward Bound project provides instruction in core academic areas such as mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Projects may also provide short-term refresher courses for veterans who are high school graduates, but who have delayed pursuing their postsecondary education. Other services offered include counseling, mentoring, and tutoring with the goal of increasing the rate at which veterans enroll in and successfully complete postsecondary education programs.