BLOOMSBURG — “Got College?” is the theme of Bloomsburg University‘s TRiO Upward Bound program for 2011.
This year’s summer academy focuses on introducing local high school students to the possibility of going to college, according to Kate Bauman, director of BU’s TRiO Upward Bound program.
The six-week program will prepare students for the college atmosphere as well as prepare them for the 2011-12 academic year through scheduled morning and afternoon classes.
This year, 75 percent of the 35 students are new to the summer program on BU’s campus. Living on the second floor of Northumberland Hall, students will gain the full experience of campus life. Accompanying the students are five current BU students, including three program alumni, who are serving as tutor counselors, and a housing supervisor, a recent graduate of the university.
“Living on campus was a bit scary the first couple of days because I didn’t know what to expect, but the counselors made me feel at home,” said Bethanna Perkins, second-year student of the TRiO Upward Bound summer academy from Berwick High School.
Students from the following high schools are participating in TRiO Upward Bound at BU: Berwick, Bloomsburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy.
The program offers morning and afternoon classes Monday to Friday. Classes include reading, math, science, world languages, writing and communication skills. Afternoon electives are Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test courses in math and reading and SAT preparatory courses, as well as recreational and special interest classes.
“The program guides first-generation college students to a path of post-secondary possibilities and sets them on the right track, building their confidence academically as well as professionally through the classes and trips we sponsor,” Bauman said. “The program has a high success rate of the students enrolling in college and finishing with a degree.”
During the program the students will tour college campuses and take part in Service Day, giving back by participating in community service at locations within walking distance of BU’s campus. The program will end with a bus trip to Harrisburg where they will visit the Capitol, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Dixon Center and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and dine at HACC’s student-run restaurant school.
“If it wasn’t for Upward Bound, I wouldn’t know anything about college and the possibilities of reaching my goal in becoming successful,” said Renee Bopp, a fourth-year student in the summer program from Bloomsburg Area High School.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.