Metro State's Veterans Upward Bound program to outreach to fellow veterans
Contact: Leroy Chavez at 303-556-3946
Posted: November 7, 2007
(Denver, Colo.) — The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program at Metropolitan State College of Denver will participate in the 17th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Nov. 8, a day when veterans' agencies and organizations throughout Denver come together to provide services to homeless veterans. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, 52nd and Franklin. "It's an important community outreach activity for us to help the veterans, and we also recruit some into our program," says Leroy Chavez, director VUB, which helps veterans of all ages to transition to college life or into the workforce. As a graduate of the VUB program and a member of the Denver Homeless Veterans Stand Down Committee, Chavez is in a position to understand the unique needs of veterans when they return to the U.S. Because of his experiences he's able to meet veterans where they are and direct them to where they want to be.
"When I was discharged from the United States Army in December of 1992 I had to decide on the direction of my life," says Chavez. "I knew that I would need an education for some of my goals but I was apprehensive on starting college because I did not feel comfortable with my academic skill level at the time. It had been eight years since I graduated from high school."
Through the program, eligible veterans can participate at anytime. "A lot of the older veterans come to get computer skills. A lot of the younger veterans need help with transition to higher education," says Chavez. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Metro State's VUB program serves about 120 veterans every year.
About Metropolitan State College of Denver
Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.