Classic Upward Bound at Concord Receives Grant Funding Through 2011
Athens, W.Va. – Classic Upward Bound, a federally-funded program that helps boost local at-risk high school students towards completing a college degree, received notification that it has received funding for another four years. The grant was in the amount of $390,929 and will begin on September 1, 2007 and continue until August 31, 2011.
“My staff and I are very pleased that our formal grant request was approved by the Department of Education and the Classic Upward Bound Program received funding again for another four years at Concord University. Many programs across the nation did not have their funds renewed,” said Pamela McPeak, director of the program.
Classic Upward Bound serves students entering the ninth grade who are on limited incomes and/or would be first-generation college students. The program serves students in several local high schools including Big Creek, Iaeger, James Monroe, Montcalm, and Summers County.
Students receive tutorial assistance at their local high schools, attend monthly Saturday enrichment sessions, and spend six weeks each summer in a residential college setting at Concord University where they receive instruction by certified school teachers in the areas of math, English, reading, science, foreign language, computer technology, and other related academic classes. The program also allows students to participate in career awareness and cultural trips, campus visits to in-state and out-of-state colleges, career and personal counseling, and many other activities. This exposure allows students and their families to feel comfortable with the college setting and atmosphere.
“We can now continue to serve our target population of high school students from southern West Virginia, promoting their success in secondary school and their progression to college. Students in our target population have a high drop-out rate from high school, but students in our program almost always graduate from high school with an average of 75% of our students completing postsecondary education,” said McPeak.
The program has provided many students to Concord University and surrounding colleges. In addition, many of the students who successfully complete the Classic Upward Bound program have gone on to get graduate education.
“Several of our Upward Bound alumni completed Concord University and have graduated from medical school,” McPeak said.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Jesse Call a senior majoring in political science and history wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.