Yesterday we met BGM flyer, Zach DuBord, as he returned from an important conference in Washington D.C. Zach grew up in Oswego and attended Binghamton University both as an undergraduate and graduate student. Since graduating in 2007, he has become Binghamton University’s Assistant Director of Transfer and Veteran Services. Although the department’s programs are sufficient and helpful, Zach would like to go above and beyond what they currently offer.
Zach would like to create a pre-college program for first generation veterans who are either in or out of the army, as well as those who cannot afford the expense of being a full-time college student. He explained that this program would offer a semester-long remedial and academic refresher course. After the course, the department would help them gain access to other colleges and continue their education.
During Zach’s trip to D.C., he applied for a Veteran Upward Bound Grant, which is the first step in making his plan possible. Although Zach won’t find out if they received the grant until March, it’s worth the wait as he knows this money will make a profound impact on Broome County. Zach has arrived at BGM with a reinvigorated spirit to help current students, and a strong hope for future students in our community.