ACC Upward Bound Students Explore D.C. on Trip
A group of Alvin Senior High School students in the Upward Bound program at Alvin Community College recently toured Washington D.C. during their annual end of summer trip.
The annual trip allows students to learn about educational opportunities outside of the state.
“These trips are so important because it lets them know there’s a world outside of their community,” said Yolanda Warren, Upward Bound director.
The students took tours at Howard University and Georgetown University. They also spent time visiting and learning about the city and its history by visiting the White House, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and more.
“It gives them an opportunity to visit universities they would otherwise not have been able to see,” Warren said. “It’s also a valuable chance for cultural enrichment.”
Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.
The program was first launched at ACC in 2003 and is available to Alvin High School students. It was created and endorsed by the Department of Education. It also is funded by a federal grant.
Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas and Louisiana colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.
For more information about Upward Bound, visit www.alvincollege.edu/upward-bound