Upward Bound programs help students to prepare for college careers; on campus camp is May 31-July 2

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Upward Bound programs help students to prepare for college careers; on campus camp is May 31-July 2

May 19, 2015

More than 75 high school students from Alfalfa, Major and Woods counties will be living on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus for five weeks this summer during the annual Upward Bound Summer Camp May 31 through July 2. The students will take college preparatory classes and participate in team building and community service projects.

Students in the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science programs not only take part in a summer camp, but throughout the academic year, they complete monthly meetings, monthly assignments and on-going academic advising. The program's rigorous academic and counseling components are designed to provide students with four years of continuous preparation for college beginning in the fall of their ninth grade academic year with such areas as mathematics, reading, writing, sciences, foreign language and academic/study skills.

Students also learn about career awareness and planning, college adjustment and financial aid training, personal advising and mentoring, and academic advising and motivation to help equip students for college by teaching effective strategies for coping with stress in higher education.

Nearly 120 students are helped by the Upward Bound programs year-round.

Jaunita Dotson, director of the Upward Bound programs at Northwestern, also noted that their program had 13 seniors graduating from high school in May, and 10 have committed to starting their college careers at Northwestern this summer.

For the graduates of their program, which Dotson called their Bridge students or students who will become college freshmen, Dotson explained that Upward Bound will pay for two college classes at Northwestern during the summer following their senior year of high school. She noted that a majority of the students then decide to continue their college educations at Northwestern.

At the end of the summer camp this year, students in the program will go on a trip to Denver, Colo. The Bridge students will be treated to a trip to Washington D.C.

Funding for the Upward Bound programs at Northwestern is provided through the Department of Education.

For anyone interested in more information about the Upward Bound programs and the requirements, please contact Dotson at (580) 327-8113 or jrnoble@nwosu.edu. An application form and additional information is available at www.nwosu.edu/upward-bound.