UT Arlington’s nearly 2,900 student military veterans have
a new location on campus where they can receive tutoring and mentoring,
assistance with completing college, financial aid, and GI Bill applications, warm
up a meal or simply unwind in between classes.
The new Veterans Assistance Center is housed inside of the
former Sweet Center, 406 Summit Ave., just east of the Community Garden.
UT Arlington's new student Veterans Assistance Center is home to one of only two Veterans Upward Bound programs in the state.
UT Arlington’s Veterans Upward Bound staff will manage the
center, which includes a classroom large enough to seat 50 people, a computer
lab with nine terminals, restrooms, a microwave, refrigerator, outdoor seating
and ample parking.
“This is exciting because it is a one-stop shop,” said
Ryan Kelly, a former Army specialist who will serve as the center's
coordinator. “Student veterans will be able to come to the Veterans
Assistance Center to receive helpful information, work on projects and
assignments or simply see people who have shared similar experiences as
and understand what it’s like to be a new student on a college campus
soldier at war.”
The center is an extension of the Veterans Upward Bound
program, which offers instruction, textbooks, advising, supplies, and other
services, for free, for qualifying veterans.
Lisa Thompson, director of UT Arlington’s TRIO Pre-College
Programs, helped to develop a grant proposal that led to federal funding last year for
the Veterans Upward Bound program, staffing and other support. The program
serves those who are low-income or the first in their families to attend
college. The center, however, is open to all student veterans.
“We are dedicated to helping our veterans, many of whom
are straight out of combat and need extra support and confidence to achieve
their educational goals,” Thompson said. “The new center along with the
Veterans Upward Bound program will give these men and women the boost they need
to excel in their chosen educational program.”
The Veterans Assistance Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7
p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. For more
information about the center or the Veterans Upward Bound program, please call
817-272-9882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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