Upward Bound (UB) at Tusculum College is proud to celebrate their 40th year in 2013. We are a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. UB is designed to help students excel in high school while providing them preparation for college success. Students selected for UB meet with a counselor at their respective school on a regular basis. Freshmen participate in the Math and Science Program in which they take monthly field trips that relate to careers within the math and science scope. It is our hope that introducing unique venues and providing hands on activities will inspire our youth to see the possibilities that lie in these areas. Students in grades 10-12 are offered tutorial assistance in their schools, usually targeting math and sciences although not limited to these subjects. ACT preparation as well as end of course testing (EOC) is a strong focus and UB strives to offer their students any extra measures possible to flourish. Each year UB plans visits to local area colleges so that students can begin to clarify their goals and explore the surrounding area for the school perfectly suited to their needs and interests, all along nurturing them with the specific skills they need to see their dreams realized.
In addition to academic excellence, UB has a strong cultural enrichment component. Students may attend a concert of classical music, watch a Broadway play, see a dance performance, or experience an opportunity to practice important life skills. Service learning is another area in which UB students excel. We stress that our participants learn to give back to their community, promoting volunteering and empathy for others. Students are able to gain service learning hours through special classes and events, as well as a yearly group project sponsoring a local charity or non-profit organization. This can be extremely beneficial now that service learning hours are required for the state of Tennessee, as well as mandatory for participation in many school organization and clubs, as well as the widely known Tennessee Scholars.
The hallmark of our Upward Bound program is our six-week summer phase. During the summer, students live on campus at Tusculum College in the residence halls, taking five weeks of courses that simulate the college experience. Classes are scheduled from 9:00 to 3:00, with a special component for upper classmen. Rising seniors have the opportunity to participate in vocational internships. This experience not only allows a unique opportunity to learn about a career field, but provides excellent resume listing as well as a monetary stipend. Recent graduates are given a chance to partake in a Tusculum College class in which they may earn 4 college credits in the humanities or sciences. There are a variety of cultural and recreational activities planned each afternoon and evening such as: Barter Theater, Dixie Stampede, Hot Wheels Skating Arena, bowling, karaoke night, and many others.
Another aspect of the program that students really enjoy is the annual summer cultural/educational trip that we take in the sixth week of the summer program. On this trip, we expose students to places they have never been or are not likely to see. Previous trips have included New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Charleston and Cincinnati. We are very excited to announce that our fortieth anniversary year will find us in the culturally renowned city of New Orleans.
One of the most frequently asked questions about Upward Bound is the cost of the program. If a student is selected for Upward Bound there is no charge to the student or his or her family. Activities, classes, food and entertainment are included and paid for by grant funding. In return, students are asked to be faithful in their commitment to UB, exerting effort, energy and their time. Our goal is for each of our students to become bright, successful, potential-college students.
If you are interested in becoming part of Tusculum College Upward Bound, the first thing you need to do is apply. To request an application, call our office at 1-800-729-0256, ext. 5325 (for more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions).
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