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PLATTSBURGH — The six-week 2022 Upward Bound summer program kicked off Monday with the arrival of 170 North Country high school students who will be immersed in study and experiences aimed at preparing them for college life.

Serving high school students in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and free to participating teens.

Students must come from low-income families or whose parents did not attend four-year colleges.

“The summer program is always complementary to the school year activities and services we offer our students”, Brian Post, director of Upward Bound, said.

“They get to take classes, eat, and reside on a college campus to experience student life while still in high school.”

Students will participate in weekly activities such as social events, sports, field trips, seminars, intramural activities and choose from over 40 course offerings.

Academic courses

Classes include calculus, chemistry, financial literacy, geometry, laser crafting, government, physics, public speaking, foreign languages, history and more. Weeks 1-3 operate as a day program, with students being bussed for the day and collected from their districts in the afternoon.

July 5-8 is the program’s leadership trip to Washington, DC, the first in three years, Post said. Students will see the sights and visit colleges in the nation’s capital.

To give them the true college experience, students will live on the Harrington Hall campus for the final two weeks of the program.

And to give them real-world experience, students will participate in the “authentic STEM program, a partnership between the North Country Workforce Development Board, CV-TEC, Schluter Systems and the University of Siegen in Germany,” Post said.

With headquarters in Germany and one of its four factories in Plattsburgh, Schluter Systems creates solutions for the tile industry, working closely with its network of distributors, dealers, tile contractors, architects and other members of the building and construction industry.

German students to visit

“A group of Upward Bound students collaborate with German students to solve a real engineering problem facing Schluter,” Post said.

“They will be working all summer to find solutions to the problem, visiting the Schluter factory and working with their team.”

“The project culminates with German students visiting campus during the week of July 25 to work face-to-face with our students”, Post said.

In addition to academic and social activities, all students must participate in seminars such as “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers”, “Financial Literacy”, and “Senior Writing”. “The importance of diversity, equity and inclusion” will be presented by Dr. Richard Miller, Acting Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Other seminars are intended for each class year: “Second Year Students”, “Rising Juniors” and “Rising Elders” are designed to address the concerns of this age group.

Non-academic programs include dungeons and dragons, community walks, lawn games like bocce, cornhole, jam and ladder toss, and other fitness activities like volleyball, tennis , kickball and football. Students will also have the opportunity to take classes in ceramics, wall painting and printmaking.

The Upward Bound Summer Program concludes with a banquet on August 3 at the Warren Ballrooms.

For more information about Upward Bound at SUNY Plattsburgh, contact Post at [email protected] or visit https://www.plattsburgh.edu/about/offices-divisions/student-affairs/upward-bound/index.html.



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