Upward Bound Program Awarded $1.25 Million

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Prince George’s Community College has been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education over a five-year period for its Upward Bound Program. The initiative selects 50 low-income, potential first-generation high school students who need academic support. It is designed to grow participants’ core college readiness and critical thinking skills, increase the rate at which students’ complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Students in grades 9 through 12, ages 13 -19, will receive tutoring, career, academic, personal and financial aid counseling.
“The grant provides students with unique educational and cultural opportunities to overcome academic, societal and motivational barriers that tend to inhibit students’ academic success,” says Kathleen Hopkins, director of retention services. “Participants will take courses in English composition and literature, mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, and foreign language as well as financial literacy, college readiness and technology,” she added.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and offers opportunities for participants to succeed in precollege performance and higher education pursuits. Students will take part in an academic year program on alternate Saturdays and a six-week, Monday through Friday, summer program. Eligible children will receive meals free of charge at the college through the Maryland State Department of Education Summer Food Service Program. For more information, contact the Upward Bound Program at Prince George’s Community College at 301-546-3013. 
Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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