ADA — Veterans Upward Bound, a program based on the East Central University campus, has actively sought ways to provide educational assistance to our troops through cooperative efforts with ECU.

They are currently working with the troops of the Oklahoma National Guard 1/180th Infantry Battalion to get the admissions paperwork, tuition forms and ACT residual testing set up for them to take online courses from ECU while in Afghanistan, prior to their departure from the community.

Tuition fees from the National Guard Tuition Waver are available to troops that take courses in Oklahoma, and the ECU online block of courses meet that requirement. Mary Huckleberry, VUB director, says that the admission fees and testing fees will come from the VUB program, making this offer to the troops a great opportunity to further their education while serving overseas.

The VUB also provides free assistance to troops prior to taking courses to help them brush up on academics and prepare them for success. The Veterans Upward Bound program is working in conjunction with ECU and the US Department of Education to reach out to soldiers by paying for schooling, boosting morale for them during the many months they are away, and providing help through emails.

For more information on this program, contact Mary Huckleberry, Veterans Upward Bound, East Central University, Ada, Okla., (580) 310-5541.