Tuesday, November 13, 2007

VUB to close at the end of the month

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 4:44 PM


Veteran's day was Novemeber 11. Nonetheless, I didn't hear anything on the The California Report about Humboldt State University's Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program which lost its funding this past August . Humboldt's VUB was the only program of its kind on the West Coast -- you'd think that warrants some coverage.

The VUB has since been able to remain open -- using left-over money from their last funding cylce -- but they will be closing their doors for good at the end of this month.

According to VUB Director Cai Williams (pictured above), prospective students keeping calling her office, but she has to turn them away for lack of a program.

Williams had hoped that Congressman Mike Thompson would be able to wrastle up funds for VUB, but despite his good intentions, he came up empty handed.

"These guys deserve something," Williams said about the veterans who are returning home to the West Coast from Iraq and Afghanistan only to find that there is no program to help ease their transition into college.

"I’d like to see the state pick this up – the state wasn’t to blame for this, it was the feds – but they need to be putting money into this," Williams said. "Because when these guys [veterans] come out they need help getting into college."

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