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Summer program gives students a jump on college careers

Summer program gives students a jump on college careers

Eighty-two students from five area high schools have moved onto campus to spend their summer learning what it is like to attend Boise State and to get a jump on their college careers. The students are participants in Boise State’s TRiO Upward Bound programs.

“Upward Bound students come from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Sue B. Huizinga, project director for the Upward Bound programs. “Our summer residential program shows them what college is like and that they can succeed in obtaining a university degree.”

This is the 28th summer Upward Bound students have spent five weeks on the Boise State campus. The students are from Borah, Capital, Nampa, Caldwell and Owyhee high schools. They model the college experience by living in residence halls and taking classes on campus.

They also discover how education takes place outside of the classroom, which includes service to the community. They take part in internships, perform community service — including three friendship feasts at local churches where the students prepare food and serve the attendees. On July 10, the students will put on a college carnival for the community at the Whitney Community Center in partnership with Boise City Parks and Recreation.

Upward Bound is one of seven federally funded TRiO programs at Boise State. TRiO helps motivate and support students who have low incomes and are first-generation college students.

The programs are housed in the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities in the College of Education. TRiO began nationally in 1965 with three programs, giving it its name.

For more information, contact Huizinga at 890-1744 or shuizin@boisestate.edu, or Tia Short at 890-9441.

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