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Cincinnati State wins Veterans Upward Bound expansion grant

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has won a 5-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand a program designed to help local veterans succeed in college.

The Cincinnati State Veterans Upward Bound program will serve at least 125 area veterans each year who are pursuing their first college degree. Services include academic tutoring, advice on college and career options, and guidance on obtaining financial aid for college.

The program also helps veterans locate other services to help them obtain veterans benefits, as well as manage health or personal issues that might prevent them from completing a 2-year or 4-year college degree.

Veterans Upward Bound is free to eligible U.S. Veterans. To be eligible, veterans must meet certain income guidelines and/or come from a family where their natural or adoptive parents did not receive a bachelor’s degree.

“There is a huge need for programs such as Veterans Upward Bound,” said Darrell Smith, Manager of Veteran Student Affairs at Cincinnati State who served for 22 years in the U.S. Army.

Across the country, he noted, veterans are being inundated with advertising by for-profit and non-profit colleges that promote themselves as “veteran friendly” and encourage veterans to enroll right away. But for some veterans this is a recipe for failure, Smith said, because their academic skills have become rusty due to the time gap between graduating from high school and the completion of military service. For those individuals, he said, Veterans Upward Bound makes sense.

Cincinnati State Veterans Upward Bound, which has been operating since 2007, seeks a much more positive outcome for its participants, because veterans complete the program prior to enrolling in college and are much better prepared.

It is one of 47 such programs across the country, and the most comprehensive of its kind in Greater Cincinnati. Among the services offered:

  • Assessments to determine current academic ability
  • Development of personalized educational plan
  • Career selection and advising
  • College/training program selection
  • Academic needs assessment
  • Tutoring for foundational classes
  • Financial aid advising and assistance
  • Computer training referral resources
  • Referrals to other essential veteran services

“We love working with veterans because they bring a different perspective and a maturity level,” said Bari Ewing, program director for Cincinnati State Veterans Upward Bound.

“Veterans have developed many skills during their service that will help them succeed in college and career,” she added. “We can assist them in getting refreshed academically and in finding a college that is the right fit for them.”

The Veterans Upward Bound program, while administered from an office housed at Cincinnati State, serves the entire Greater Cincinnati area. The college itself maintains a separate Veterans Student Affairs office that provides services to its students who have served in the military.

For more information about Cincinnati State Veterans Upward Bound, please call (513) 569-4992.


Opening Day at Middletown

The reception desk on the main floor of the Middletown campus was a busy place Wednesday morning, the first days at classes there, as students asked about their classes, purchased textbooks and took care of other business. The opening garnered considerable media attention.

You can find more pictures on our Facebook page.

A smiling face on the cover


Kelly Johnson, a second-year business management major, was among those who stopped by the “Make Your Own Magazine Cover” booth sponsored by Student Activities Thursday as part of the Semester Transition celebration. OK, maybe it’s not the Rolling Stone, but there’s still a thrill that will get you… Go ahead, try to make it through the rest of the day without the tune rattling around in your head. And if you’re too young to understand the reference, count your blessings. Or use your favorite search engine and ask it to look for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Tryouts for women’s and men’s basketball to be held at the end of September

Cincinnati State is holding open tryouts for the men's and women's basketball teams on Thursday, September 27th and Friday, September 28th. The women's tryout will be on Thursday beginning at 3:00 pm. Tryouts for the men's team will be on Friday at 5:30 pm.

In order to tryout, students must be currently enrolled full-time at Cincinnati State. All tryouts will be held in the newly renovated Cincinnati State gymnasium. Prior to the tryout date, individuals are asked to complete the recruiting questionnaire form. If you plan on attending, you must bring your own apparel and demonstrate superior physical fitness.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Cincinnati State athletic office by calling 513 569-1897.

Men’s golf is currently holding open tryouts for full-time students

The Cincinnati State golf team is holding open tryouts throughout the months of September and October.

In order to tryout, students must be currently enrolled full-time at Cincinnati State. Prior to the tryout date, individuals are asked to complete the recruiting questionnaire form. Those interested should call head coach Scott Webb at 513 300 9836. You must bring your own equipment in order to participate.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Cincinnati State athletic office by calling - 513 569 1897.

Cincinnati State instructor featured in New York Times “Sunday Book Review”

Most of us at the College know Andrea Cheng as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor. A few know that she’s one of the die-hard cycling enthusiasts on campus who rides to work almost every day, rain or shine or snow.

Andrea is also an accomplished author and occasional illustrator of children’s literature. In one of the most highly competitive arenas in book publishing, she has quietly built a reputation for thoughtful fiction geared toward young teen readers. Folks who move in these circles know her work – two years ago, for example, she was the featured author at Northern Kentucky University’s “Bookfest,” which annually attracts more than 500 middle school students and teachers from Greater Cincinnati.

Yesterday, Andrea reached a peak. Her latest work, “The Year of the Book,” was the subject of a glowing review in the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review.




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