VUB Workshop

Writing for the upcoming Veterans Upward Bound competition? Join us as we dive deep into the submission process as well as the Competitive Preference Priorities. 

Register for the May 16th Veterans Upward Bound Proposal Workshop

  • The workshop is free for Oregon TRIO Association members.
  • Monday, May 16th, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (PCT)
  • $100 fee for non-members.  Invoice will be emailed following your registration.
  • The Session will be recorded and provided to those who register if you are unable to make the live zoom call.


Amy Verlanic

Amy L. Verlanic is the sole proprietor of ALV Consulting.  She founded her consulting business after 15 years of a successful career in higher education and community service.  ALV Consulting offers project management, strategic planning, and grant writing services to nonprofit associations and educational institutions. Her educational grant-writing skills have garnered over $200 Million in public and private funding.

Amy’s full time career is as the Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech where she works to provide teachers and students with college-based programs that enrich statewide science, engineering, and technology education.

Amy has held elected office at the local, state, regional and national level.  She was the Board Chair for the Council for Opportunity in Education in 2013, where she was charged to represent the needs of 2,900 federally funded TRIO programs serving 840,000 Americans.  She has since been recognized by both ASPIRE and COE with lifetime achievement awards.

Sidney Mitchell

Sidney K. Mitchell is a former Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Administrator with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who currently serves as a Faculty Trainer with the Council for Opportunities in Education  (COE, Priority 4) and the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP, Priority 1 and Priority 6) training teams. The aforementioned teams include Financial Aid and Admissions; New Directors Training, Recordkeeping, and Personnel; Annual Performance Reports; Program Services and Documentation, as well as Legislation and Regulations. Sidney has also served Faculty Trainer with two of the Association of Special Programs in Region Eight (ASPIRE) training teams, focusing on Retention and Recruitment Strategies for TRIO Students.

While at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sidney helped write 5 training grants (one for Educational Talent Search and 4 in which he steered for Veterans Upward Bound).  He co-presented in the VUB pre-proposal writing workshop for the Northern California Chapter of WESTOP (March 2021) and COE’s VUB proposal writing workshop in (June 2021).Sidney led a Program Evaluation for San Antonio College’s Students Support Services for Veterans Program and presented to Ozarks Technical Community College on VUB Legislation and Regulations.  He has been a peer reviewer for nine Federal Grant competitions.

He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Nicholls State University, while being enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard for six years (E5 rank). He later earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Most importantly, Sidney enjoys helping people to reach their fullest potential through holistic growth, learning, and shared development.