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Upward Bound Begins at Arkansas Tech

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Beginning this week, 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 program is funded by the Upward Bound Classic and the Upward Bound Math & Science grants. The federal grants are designed as a way to assist at-risk high school to in successfully enrolling in 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.”

Students enrolled in the program take courses in math, science and English. One new addition to the program is students now take a financial literacy class.  The course is designed to help students understand financial responsibilities and to help the students to make positive decisions regarding their finances.

Additionally, the students are able to take a variety of elective classes including film, photography, sign language or an ACT prep course.

Each afternoon, students work on research projects directed by Arkansas Tech faculty in the areas of biology and chemistry.

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.