April 10th, 2013
A new Upward Bound Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is currently accepting high school students to become part of the program that will have a higher concentration on math and science. Southeast’s traditional Upward Bound Program, which served the area for nearly half a century, ended last summer due to budgetary cutbacks by the U.S. Congress. Officials at Southeast reapplied last fall and acquired funding for a new program, but with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — subject areas deemed to lead to higher paying jobs and careers.
Michelle Dykes-Anderson is the director of the program at Southeast and noted that a recruitment campaign is currently underway in order to attract eligible as well as capable high school students who are enrolled at either Harlan County High School or Bell County High School.
The program is required to fill out its roster of 60 students, and, as in past years, will offer a five-week summer program on the SKCTC Cumberland campus. Dykes-Anderson noted that the new program with its newer emphasis will actually be more fun and enjoyable as students will do many “hands-on activities,” spending less time in the classroom as in past years.
Additionally, students will take an “exciting” and “educational” trip at the conclusion of the summer term, travelling to Washington, D.C. and to Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, April 20, informational meetings for prospective students and their parents will be held at sites at the Pineville campus room 124, 9 a.m. until noon; Harlan campus, Administration Building, 1-4 p.m.; and on the Cumberland campus, Chrisman Hall, room 116, 9 a.m. until noon.
Those interested in enrolling in the new Upward Bound Program are required to meet certain guidelines, and for additional information, contact: Jennifer Brackett, at 589-3060, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Farley at 589-3155, email@example.com.
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