What is Upward Bound?
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. The Northwest Arkansas Community College Upward Bound program serves seven high schools from Benton and Washington County. These schools include Decatur, Gentry, Gravette, Har-Ber, Heritage, Roger’s and Springdale.
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WHAT DO WE DO IN UPWARD BOUND?
All UB participants will be assessed through the NWACC testing center with the compass test and placed in college preparatory courses that address the participant’s academic needs. UB staff will provide individual and group advising to ensure that project participants enroll in courses that prepare them for a post-secondary education mandated by the State of Arkansas such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. Academic monitoring, mentoring, and leadership training will be provided on a regular basis as well.
Skill Set Instruction
Skill Set Development will give each participant specific skills needed to become college ready in Reading, Writing, Science and Math, as well as life skills. Participants will be trained and encouraged to use the library and self-instructional material, to have higher self-confidence and to become independent learners. These skill set instructions will help to ensure higher performance on state standardized exams and higher GPAs.
Saturday Enrichment workshops
UB staff will present monthly workshops at the Northwest Arkansas Community College main campus in Bentonville, AR that address grade and age appropriate topics that focus on current issues and problems that participants may encounter. The UB Staff will collaborate with NWACC staff and local social service agencies to conduct workshops on a regular basis for current UB participants. Cultural and social activities are planned as well as college visits to enhance the understanding of the post-secondary education setting. The UB staff will assist with financial workshops for both the participants and their parents.
Participants will attend an intensive six-week program that focuses to ensure UB participants success in post-secondary education. All participants are encouraged to attend, but must have good attendance during the academic year to be eligible. During the six week summer session students will be involved in college level classes that provide experience and guidance for future post-secondary experiences.
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