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What it means to be an Upward Bound student

Leah Ramirez, Staff Writer

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Upward Bound is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. This program focuses on aiding first generation minority students who have an interest in a career in a STEM field. It exposes students to colleges and helps them pursue a career in the STEM field. There are also tutors to help with managing, meeting and keeping students on track with their grades.

“Upward Bound encourages me to work to the best of my abilities.” Said Sophomore, Jordan Ogbu-felix. “It opens my mind to real life, colleges and careers.”

This program is trying to help students with college enrollment, scholarships, internships, realize potential and pursue higher careers in STEM programs.

“Ever since I joined Upward Bound, my grades got higher and my understanding advanced.” Said Junior, Valerie Gomez.

Tutors hand out grade checks monthly to make sure that students are staying focused and on track. They communicate with parents, help with applications, and discuss interests in careers.  Upward Bound also offers workshops to all students to learn about colleges.

“We have summer programs to encourage students to excel and have a higher education in STEM programs.” Said tutor, Justin Cortez.  

Summer programs are held at the Moreno Valley College. All students are separated into four groups depending on their graduating year. They go to four classes throughout the day; math, mandarin, english and advisory (life skills).  

Upward Bound is a very useful and exciting program. Upward Bound students meet at P-4 during lunch or after school to continue their academic success.

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