The Lyndon State College Upward Bound program recently concluded its 34th annual Summer Residential Program. The summer began with a Leadership Excursion to Boston where students gained an appreciation for the nation's oldest commonwealth and had the opportunity to meet the other motivated college bound students who make up the Upward Bound community.

Students had the opportunity to visit 13 different college campuses this summer, including Lyndon State College, the University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, St. Michael's College, Champlain College, UVM Medical School and Norwich University. In Boston, the students were able to tour Wentworth Institute of Technology, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Northeastern University.

Lyndon State College Upward Bound offered 35 different academic courses to challenge students this summer, including SAT Prep, Calculus, College Writing and Cohort College Counseling classes. At the end of the summer students each took a full unofficial SAT or PSAT to prepare for this important college bound test. Due to the changes in the new SAT, the Upward Bound program offered three different SAT's this summer: sophomores took the new PSAT, juniors took the new SAT, and the seniors completed the current SAT. Overall, LSC Upward Bound students averaged an impressive 258 points above the national average for similar income students!

Through Upward Bound summer career exploration and volunteer opportunities students also completed over 3400 hours of Community Service on the LSC campus and in the towns of St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville. Local students volunteered this summer with: nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, on the LSC campus, with WWLR Radio, with libraries, day camps, area nonprofits, and locally owned businesses. These career-forming and service-oriented positions allowed Upward Bound students the chance to learn about the world of work, refine their college and career goals, and give back to their local communities. It was another great summer at the LSC Upward Bound program, and these local students were a tremendous part of that success.

Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRiO programs; a nationwide group of projects committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. TRiO programs are designed to help modest-income and first-generation college bound students prepare for college immediately after high school. TRiO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are named for the original three programs: TRiO Educational Talent Search, TRiO Upward Bound, and TRiO Student Support Services. The Upward Bound program at Lyndon State College has been dedicated to helping students from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education since 1980, and currently works with 8 participating high schools. For more information, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at (802) 626-5000.

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