Summer Upward Bound Program is Underway

Arkansas Tech is hosting area high school students for the annual Upward Bound summer program.

The students will be on campus for five weeks as they take classes in math, science, English and various electives.

The Upward Bound program is sponsored by the Upward Bound Classic and the Upward Bound Math & Science grants. It is a way for at-risk high school to reach the ultimate goal of getting to college.

Jill Hendricks, director, said, “We are a support group to not only help the students get to college, but to first succeed in high school.”

Among the classes offered, students can learn about Japanese culture, health, film and photography, sign language and theatre.

Additionally, students can take classes that prepare them for the ACT and equip them with the tools they need to apply for college.

Each afternoon, students work on research projects directed by Arkansas Tech faculty and local high school teachers. Science students are working on a project with mice while engineering students are building rockets.

The students’ last day on campus will be July 8, when research projects are presented to fellow classmates and judged and a banquet is held to culminate the program.