Wor-Wic receives federal funding to expand higher education access for veterans
SALISBURY, Md.- Almost $300,000 is coming to Wor-Wic Community College to support veterans seeking a higher education.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Veterans Upward Bound Program, assisting the college’s Veterans Services Department.
It’s a one-stop shop that provides help with things like advising, registration, and even course work.
Department personnel tell 47abc, vets face many challenges transitioning to life after service and some even question if academics could be a part of that future.
Yet, we’re told time in the military actually translates to college credit. “Most veterans as a matter of fact, when they come through our doors and enter Wor-Wic community college they already have a significant number of college credits simply by virtue of their time in the service and the training that they receive there,” Veteran Services Director Jason King said.
“The veterans also have the unique experience of having been in the workforce and serving their country. So they bring a lot of resilience, tenacity, and other wonderful qualities that can help them excel in higher education.”
We’re told that grant is the first of a 5-year cycle of funds that’s expected to be around $1.5 million.
Wor-Wic says that veterans who enter their program go into many different fields of study including STEM and even CDL courses.