SixtySouth Bendhigh school students and recent graduates will begin taking courses Monday (June 11) at the University of Notre Dame as part of the Universitys Upward Bound summer residential program.
Offering academic instruction that focuses on individual needs and social activities intended to provide a glimpse of college life, the program provides course credit to rising juniors and seniors who study American government,U.S.history and economics.
Recent graduates will earn credits in composition literature and calculus that will transfer to any college they attend as part of Upward Bounds summer bridge program.It also provides tutoring and advising to ensure a successful transition between high school and college.
A select group of students will research and analyze real world problems through the MOODYS (Mastering Occupational Opportunity Development for YouthsSuccess) component.They will create a plan for a new business then make projections and handle day-to-day operations.
The Upward Bound program over the last four decades has offered a life transforming opportunity for the youths and their families in theSouth Bendcommunity,said Alyssia Coates, director of Upward Bound at Notre Dame.In the last five years we have celebrated an average high school graduation rate of 100 percent and a college acceptance rate of 94 percent.
The students will commute for one week then move into campus residence halls June 17 for the remainder of the five-week program, which also allows them to take part in field trips to other colleges and universities, college fairs, student leadership conferences and cultural events, as well as give back by participating in community service activities.
Established in 1966, Notre Dame’s Upward Bound program, one of the oldest in the country and the national prototype, is one of the Universitys federally funded TRIO programs.It has helped some 5,000 first-generation and economically disadvantaged students from the South Bend Community School Corporation prepare for college.