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Upward Bound program introduces college life

IRVING – Twenty-four high school students from Irving spent a fun-filled, educational summer participating in the Upward Bound summer program at North Lake College. 

The summer program took students to Houston and Galveston, where they visited the University of Houston and spent the night in the dorms. Students got the chance to experience resident life on a university campus.

The students also visited St. Thomas University, the Houston Space Center, a Hindu Temple and the beach in Galveston, where they got to relax and play.

The beach was a welcome reward after a rigorous summer program that included taking classes, attending workshops and participating in academic counseling, as well as various social and cultural events.

Students also took part in daily team building activities, and went on educational field trips to such places as the Baylor University Medical Center, University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University to tour the facilities and attend information sessions.

The six-week summer session is part of a year-round, federally-funded college preparatory program for high school students. Students entering ninth through 11th grade at Singley Academy and Irving, Nimitz and MacArthur high schools receive assistance in completing high school and preparing for a successful transition to college.

The Upward Bound program includes instructional and support services in the areas of reading, writing, science and math, as well as after-school tutoring and counseling that is tailored to each individual student.

"The students of the Upward Bound will return to their high schools with the knowledge and confidence that getting an education is something they can now do and it can be fun learning," said Guy Melton, director of the TRiO Upward Bound program.

Upward Bound

The free North Lake program is limited to 50 students who meet the federally mandated qualifications, which include financial need and the motivation to acquire a four-year degree. Students must also be from families with parents who have not received four-year college degrees. For more information, call 972-273-3375.

Andrea Ciminelli contributes to on behalf of North Lake College.


Editor's note: for interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Andrea Ciminelli, marketing and advertising coordinator, at 972-273-3005, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.