Upward Bound

In my first post, I discussed some of the return on investment that an individual receives when they complete a Bachelor’s degree versus those individuals that have stopped their education at the point of completing a high school diploma. We saw some quick stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics about earning potential based on education level. In this post we are going to take a quick look at how those that have earned a Bachelor’s degree tend to be more employable than those with just a High School diploma. See the image below comparing employment stats of college graduates versus high school graduates. What we find is that both in good times economically and bad times, a college education is worth it.

According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and statistics, the unemployment rate in 2019 for college graduates was 2.2% and in comparison to individuals with only a high school diploma 3.7%. Both figures indicate some of the lowest unemployment figures seen in history. However those with a college education fairing even better as time goes on. In good times and bad times, a college education proves to hold its value. Just as college graduates were able to gain back employment during the 2009 recession, a similar pattern was found during the COVID-19 national and regional shutdowns in 2020 when many individuals lost employment across the nation. According to Pew Research Center, in May of 2020 the unemployment rate shot up to 13.3% and was even at 14.3% for women. However, those with a college education still maintained employment far better than those that did not have a Bachelor’s degree to stand on. “The unemployment rate in May was lowest among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher education (7.2%), the only group among those examined not to experience an unemployment rate in the double digits” – Pew Research Center. And in a lot of ways maintaining employment during COVID benefited workers based on the type of employment. Many Bachelor’s degree holders were able to maintain employment because they were able to telework.

Never before has going to college and earning a Bachelor’s degree been a better deal. Individuals that earn a Bachelor’s degree are more likely than ever before to find gainful employment, get paid more than their high school diploma peers and keep their employment during economic downturns. And especially in California college is cheaper than ever before thanks to programs like the CA Promise grant, Cal Grant, and the federal Pell grant. If you are a low income or first generation student, programs like these and others at Cal State and University of California campuses can make going to college an extremely cost effective investment. And according to the U.S bureau of labor and statistics, the earning power of a Bachelors degree holder is continually getting stronger. In this first post on this topic we take a look at some stats that show earnings of individuals that hold a Bachelor’s degree vs those that hold a high school diploma. These stats compare the median earnings by weekly earnings in 2018 and annual earnings in 2019. And you can see a pretty significant difference in these metrics. If we were to compare the average earnings of individuals these numbers would be even more drastically different because of the potential of earning a Bachelor’s degree is even greater than what is shown here. But this graphic below gives you a pretty good idea of how most individuals experience this gap in wages. In future posts we will look at how COVID impacted these numbers as well as how unemployment fairs with and without the affects of the pandemic and economic downturns.

Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

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REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes…

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Shasta College Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020


Cal State University System Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020

  1. Cal State Apply application for admission
  2. Ensure your FAFSA has been completed correctly and that the CSU campus you selected received your award information.
  3. Review Financial Aid Award Letters and Acceptance Letters
  4. Request Transcripts to be sent to campuses from AHS counselors
  5. Create your CSU student portal account with specific campus
  6. Check with your specific campus location for information on next steps for enrollment and registration
    1. https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/freshman/Pages/next-steps.aspx

ANDERSON, CA —  The playoff soccer train continues as the AHS boys soccer team set out on their quest to make history. And history has already been made when the boys team became the first team in school history to take the section championship in soccer by beating Corning High School 1-0 at Corning High School. The boys team has continued their impressive playoff run with a win in the regional quarterfinals against Colusa High School on Tuesday March 3rd at the California Soccer Park, winning another tough fought match with a score of 1-0. Eight players from the boys team are participants of the Simpson Upward Bound program at AHS. Most of which hope to continue playing soccer in college as they pursue a post-secondary education degree.

ANDERSON, CA — Bradley Ramsey a junior at Anderson High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and is highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in School Board processes to actively find solutions to current challenges that Shasta county schools are facing.

Bradley gave us his take on his experience so far with the Shasta County Board of Education. “Its a unique experience, with many educational benefits including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area”, said Ramsey.

Students selected to serve on the school board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.

Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls the fire alarm. Bradley commented on the experience, “It was a long enduring process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational.”

Bradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure really, honestly being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because its the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”bradley_senate

Bradley is highly active in seeking out opportunities for leadership development. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a 4 year university.






(Pictured: left Megan Dahle – California Assemblywoman,
right Bradley Ramsey – Student Board of Education Rep Region 1)



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The Anderson High School soccer team is currently sitting pretty with only 1 loss this season and undefeated in their league heading into the northern section playoffs. With a hard fought game against a top league team they are looking to make a splash in the playoffs. While Upward Bound is designed to prepare students for college success, we are so proud of our boys for what they have accomplished this year on the soccer field. They learn valuable 21st century skills in athletic programs such as teamwork, perseverance and leadership. IMG_0292There are eight players from the Upward Bound Simpson program at AHS on the team; Mario Vazquez, Jose Magana, Juan Lopez, Luis Ruiz, Adrian Magana, Ivan Hernandez, Alessandro Vazquez and Joshua Nieves.

Upward Bound students from Anderson and West Valley High Schools visit campuses of UC Davis and Sacramento State. Students had the chance to meet and talk with Upward Bound alumni Marcelo Madrigal and Breanna Barry, both UC Davis 1st time freshman. Marcelo is majoring in Electrical Engineering and he talked to students about how much he loves his decision to attend UC Davis.

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REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University freshman Angelina Yang wants to go big.

This 18-year-old dreamer is the first person in her family to go to a university. She’s the oldest of six children born to a Hmong father and American mother. Born in Fresno, she has lived in Crescent City and graduated from high school in Anderson.

And she wants to become a clinical or criminal psychologist.

Two years ago, Angelina heard about a new program being offered at Anderson Union High School called Upward Bound. This federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

“I heard details and believed it was a really great opportunity for me, so I signed up,” she said. “The advisors were super helpful. I wanted help with finding the right college and getting support.”

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Each year the faculty of Anderson High School vote to award students with semester and department honors for those individuals that performed exemplary in the classroom. Upward Bound Simpson students that were honored at the event are as follows: Marcelo Madrigal 12th grade (committed to UC Davis in the Fall), Holly Tower 12th grade, Isabella Stramaglia 11th grade, Fuey Saetern 11th grade, Bradley Ramsey 10th grade.

Upward Bound students from Anderson High School had the opportunity to visit the historical campuses of University of California Berkeley and University of San Francisco. First generation students interested in pursuing a 4 year university after high school had the opportunity to tour and learn about the opportunities being offered in these San Francisco area schools. UC Berkeley wowed students with its traditions and mile long underground library. While USF boasts the nations largest and oldest cathedral on a college campus. Students also had the opportunity of doing some sight seeing at the Golden Gate Bridge.