College hires director for veterans program
A local college has named the director of a new program to support student veterans.
Tim Marroquin has been hired as the director for TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, or VUB, at Grand Valley State University.
VUB is a new federally funded program at GVSU that will provide free academic support services to low-income veterans who want to complete degree programs.
Since 2013, Marroquin has served as assistant director of TRIO Educational Talent Search, a program housed in GVSU’s College of Education.
Early in his career, Marroquin was a police officer and detective in Albuquerque, New Mexico, near Kirtland Air Force Base.
Marroquin said he wanted to apply for the VUB position, because the program falls under the umbrellas of the national TRIO programs and GVSU’s division of Inclusion and Equity.
"The work is close to my heart, as I was a first-generation college student, and knowing the values of inclusion have helped form my previous work with TRIO," Marroquin said.
From his new office in the Eberhard Center, on the Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids, Marroquin will oversee work of the grant. In October, GVSU received a $1.3-million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the program. Wayne State University is the only other institution in Michigan to offer VUB.
The program will eventually serve 125 pre-college, low-income, first-generation veterans per year from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties. The college access and degree completion services tailored to veterans will include advising and mentoring programs, instructor-led computer courses, course materials and supplies.
His immediate roles are to raise awareness of the program and connect with veterans organizations. Marroquin has already fielded a number of calls about VUB and said he looks forward to meeting and helping veterans who qualify for the program.
Marroquin has an M.E. from GVSU an M.A. in sport administration from Central Michigan University and a degree in political science and government from Valparaiso University.