What to Expect

Veterans upward bound at grand valley

VUB provides an academic skill building program that is coupled with individualized attention and a flexible teaching and tutoring schedule. The goal is to provide the necessary academic support to veterans to enroll in postsecondary education (degree or vocational/technical programs) at any institution.

The VUB center is located on the 7th floor of the L.V. Eberhard Center (301 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504). Online and in distance-learning formats are also available.

Individual Service Plan

Participants work one on one with VUB instructors to create and follow their own self-paced Individual Service Plan (ISP). Following an initial academic assessment, VUB instructors work within the scope of each individual’s needs to provide academic instruction, college success skills, and career exploration.

General Education Development (GED) Instruction: VUB integrates GED instruction into the ISP for those participants who have not completed a 12th grade education. These GED participants have access to the same courses as all VUB participants, but they also receive special training to prepare them for the GED exam. When they have been assessed as ready to take the GED exam, the instructor will assist them in scheduling one. 

Academic Instruction

  • English: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary, GED Instruction
  • Math: Pre-Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, GED Instruction
  • Computer Literacy: Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, Outlook
  • Science: General Science, Physics, Chemistry
  • Foreign Language: Spanish

VUB Staff Services

  • Develop an Individual Services Plan (ISP)
  • Discuss academic need as determined by initial assessment
  • Conference with participants regarding goals and expectations 
  • Academic services in class or tutoring 
  • Provide text books and class materials
  • Career exploration and identifying skills 
  • Address financial aid, scholarship options, and military benefits 
  • Referral to professionals in area of behavioral health and other issues

Additional Support

VUB provides an array of resources available to participants in all areas of student support. Participants have access to academic advisors, counselors, financial aid representatives, career specialists, and programs available in Disability Support Resources. 

Cultural Activities and Other Events

VUB participants have the opportunity to participate in activities and events outside of the classroom. Every semester, participants are invited to attend cultural events sponsored within the community and the institution, as well as attend workshops, which introduce the participants to the college experience. Accompanied by their instructors, participants take campus tours, visit libraries, and the student union. These events provide an opportunity for participants to experience campus life and explore new possibilities within academic environments.

Page last modified February 16, 2018