TRiO Upward Bound wraps up another enriching summer experience
This summer, 35 students of BU’s TRiO Upward Bound program completed the six -week summer academy preparing them for the college atmosphere, highlighted by a Service Day, a TACT performance and a day trip to the Harrisburg Capitol.
Kate Bauman, director of TRiO Upward Bound, shaped the programs curriculum to prepare the students professionally and broaden their horizons.
The students were hosted on campus in Northumberland dormitory with the accompaniment of their tutor counsolers who are current BU students.
The students participated in morning and afternoon classes Monday to Friday preparing them for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.
Classes included 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.
Through the course of six weeks the students also participated in several events created to expose them to the possibility of coming to college.
The first was “Service Day” where the students dedicated the entire day to assisting the community by painting, remodeling, gardening sites in the town and volunteering at a retirement home.
The second was a “TACT performance” where the students showcased their acting abilities through “The Triangle factory” a play co-written and directed by Scott Alan Evans one of the actors of the off -broadway acting troupe from New York City who contributes to TRiO each year.
Lastly, a trip to Harrisburg where the students toured the Capitol, explored the Whitaker Center of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and, on the way back to Bloomsburg familiarized themselves with Susquehanna University.
TRiO guides first-generation college students to a path of post-secondary possibilities and has a high success rate of the students enrolling in college and finishing with a degree.
The program targets local high school students from these participating high schools: Berwick, Bloomsburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy.
— Nick Mathis, marketing and communications intern