Upward Bound

Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

Simpson University News

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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By: Andy Yang

The summer program was a blast! The teachers and staffs were very friendly. They gave specific instructions on things and the summer trip was a success. The places were amazing and very eye opening. The summer program brought out the fun in me and also gave me more information about going to college. The other students were very friendly and easy to get along with. The bus coach were very comfortable and I was able to get more sleep during the bus rides. The Santa Cruz boardwalk was a lifetime happiness experience, it was so fun and I loved everything about it. The summer program had given me a better understanding about college and applying to get into the college. The food and sleeping places were well planned out and everything went very well. To top all of that, there were plenty of snacks on the bus and there were movies played on small screens in the bus.