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WKU Program Looking to Place Military Veterans in College Classrooms


Western Kentucky University is looking for military veterans who want to earn a college degree.

The Veterans Upward Bound program helps former service members enroll into any university, community college, and technical school throughout the country. Veterans Upward Bound helps prospective students fill out admission applications, apply for federal financial aid, and receive G.I. Bill benefits.

WKU coordinator Rick Wright says the program has assisted both young and old veterans gain college admission—including a World War Two veteran studying at Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College.

“The age range of our students is pretty broad—it ranges from 18 to 88, believe it or not. We have one man, a World War II veteran, who is 88 years old, and we got him admitted to SKyCTC here in Bowling Green because he wanted to study computers.”

Wright says the program also helps veterans learn the computer and technology skills necessary to succeed in today’s college classrooms. “I’ve seen some veterans drop out of school or even transfer to a different school because they couldn’t adapt to the technology requirements of that particular campus,” Wright told WKU Public Radio.

A link to more information about the WKU Veterans Upward Bound program can be found here.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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