This week marks a new beginning for veterans across the state who are seeking higher education.
Upward Bound lost funding from the Department of Education six years ago, ending a veterans-help program.
But the last legislature awarded three hundred thousand dollars to Veterans Education Training, which officially began Tuesday.
Melinda Bolton has more.
(Melinda Bolton) "The Veterans Education Training Program is available to any armed forces veteran who have been generally or honorably discharged from service. Veterans Representative at Minot State University, Ron Garcia is retired from the armed forces himself. The Program is designed to help veterans navigate their way through a campus much like this one. Though Garcia knows not every veteran is cut out for a college setting.
(Ron Garcia, Veterans Representative) "We talk about college, technical schools, vocational schools, certificate programs. They all are valuable programs to the veteran"
(Melinda Bolton) "Garcia will sit down with a candidate and talk about all their options. Once he has administered a tape academic placement test, he and the veteran can assess what areas need refreshing and at what pace they should continue."
(Ron Garcia, Veterans Representative) "So, our program is going to help them in three areas. We're going to do a refresher. And in that refresher we're going to do online Math, English... Computers."
(Melinda Bolton) "The now student will be immersed in a veterans only classroom. Garcia feels by eliminating these unnecessary stress factors, he can help students focus on other problems which may interfere with their academics."
(Ron Garcia, Veterans Representative) "We talk about referral services, we talk about a number of areas, not just academic. We had a student who had some financial difficulties, having transportation difficulties, these all come into play."
(Melinda Bolton) "Garcia worked with veterans for over a decade before they lost funding. He knows what it takes for our servicemen to meet their goals."
(Ron Garcia, Veterans Representative) "I had a number of veterans who were concerned about going back to school. They went through our program, they were successful in our program. They went on to either Minot State, North Dakota State University or University of North Dakota."
(Melinda Bolton) "And they all graduated with degrees. Garcia says veterans can feel comfortable in a unique setting, whether they choose a four year degree or a trade school, with support and feedback even after they complete their courses. In Minot, Melinda Bolton, KX News."
If you'd like information about the veterans education training program, contact Ron Garcia at Minot State University.