ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah’s Upward Bound program received word this week that its grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been renewed for another five years.
DSC’s Upward Bound program was established in 1983, and serves six target high schools in Washington County, including Desert Hills, Dixie, Enterprise, Hurricane, Pine View and Snow Canyon. In all, the DSC Upward Bound Program serves 90 students during the academic year, while nearly 60 more students earn the chance to participate in the summer component.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to their participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
“We are thrilled at the news that our Upward Bound program received funding for the next grant cycle,” said Craig Harter, DSC Upward Bound director. “Our high school students have thrived in this pre-college program and they will continue to receive the academic support necessary to both enter into college and complete their bachelor’s degree.”
The goal of Upward Bound is to provide guidance, resources, experiences, and support during high school for students to successfully enter and graduate from college. In turn, students develop the necessary skills by attending the seminars, weekly meetings and program activities.
Upward Bound has two components, the academic year and the summer academy. During the academic year, Upward Bound participants attend Saturday college preparatory sessions three times a year and meet weekly with an Upward Bound advisor. When students follow through on the program guidelines they have opportunities to attend college tours that take them to Utah colleges and universities, and other locations.
During the summer academy, students who qualify based on grades and/or academic year performance students live in the dormitories on the Dixie State College campus for six weeks. Students enroll in Upward Bound academic classes that will prepare them for the curriculum of their next year in high school. The students receive ongoing tutoring assistance throughout the summer from the Upward Bound tutoring staff. Students will room with other local high school students, interact with teachers, residential advisors, and attend field trips and cultural activities.
For more information on DSC’s Upward Bound program, please contact program director Craig Harter at 435-652-7659 or at [email protected]