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North Lake College Offers Upward Bound Program

IRVING, Texas.19 April, 2000 - North Lake College is sponsoring its first Upward Bound program this summer. The program is designed to help ninth to eleventh grade students at Irving and Nimitz High Schools succeed in higher education.

The mission of the federally funded Upward Bound Program is to assist students in completing high school and doing well with the transition to college. Upward Bound includes instructional and support services in the basic skills of reading, writing, science and mathematics. Components are an intensive, six-week academic summer session at the college and support services at the student's high school during the academic year.

The North Lake program director, Guy Melton, describes Upward Bound as another tool for the college to use in "helping students be successful." Participants will be selected according to their potential for academic success. "We want to encourage those students with the motivation and skills to pursue a college career," Guy explains. Guy served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at North Lake and the Financial Aid Director for El Centro College from 1996-97.

The summer session will be held at the North Lake College campus from June 12 to July 21. Students will experience college life by taking classes, attending workshops, and participating in academic counseling and various social and cultural events. Some of the seminars and workshops will focus on time management, study skills, test anxiety, career exploration and a self-interest inventory to match individual preferences with possible career directions.

The academic year program component provides after school tutoring and counseling at the student's high school campus. An individual needs assessments will be performed to tailor instruction and counseling for each student.

The North Lake program is limited to 50 students who meet the federally mandated qualifications. Some of the qualifications are financial need and the motivation to acquire a four-year degree. Also, students must be from families whose parents have not received four-year college degrees. There is no cost to participate.

Enrollment has begun for the summer session. Interested parties should contact Charlotte Brown at North Lake College at (972) 273-3389.

All Upward Bound services are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender or disability.