Upward Bound Students Gain College Experience at SUNY Canton

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SELF EXPRESSION – Raven Lemay, an Upward Bound student from Fort Covington, works on her sculpture made from found objects during an afternoon art class. High School students take classes and sometimes college courses during their stay at SUNY Canton.

Ninety-three students from nine different high schools in three counties have the opportunity to see what its like to go to college through the Upward Bound Summer Program at SUNY Canton.

The program runs through August 2, with students living in the dorms and getting a feel for college life.

“The Summer Program gives students the chance to live at college and begin taking classes in a friendly environment,” said Upward Bound Program Director Daun A. Martin. “Many of our students are potentially first-generation college students and this program can help give them the confidence they need to take the next step.”

The Upward Bound experience is far different than an average summer school program. Every day, students take classes varying from American Sign Language to a crime-scene investigator’s science class, as well as drama, art, and fitness. Some juniors and seniors also take an online class for college credit.

Some juniors and seniors opted to take part in a work-study program to help them choose a career path. They shadow local professionals to learn more about their future careers.

There are 10 camp tutor-councilors throughout the summer and five full time staff members who work with the high school students year-round, Students are also assigned study and reading time each night. Students are assigned an academic advisor and receive career planning and college-prep guidance. “They can also opt to get a little extra help with challenging subjects,” Martin said.

At the end of the Summer Program students will be taking a field trip to Philadelphia to visit Constitution Hall.

The Upward Bound program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of SUNY Canton for the past three years.

High schools with students participating in the Upward Bound program include: Hugh C. Williams in Canton, Clifton Fine Central School, Gouverneur Central School, Harrisville Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central School, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and Salmon River Central School.

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