Summer Program

Each summer typically over 150+ Upward Bound students come from area high schools (identified in UB grant) to attend a 6-week summer program. With the award of the 2017-2022 UB grants, the summer program will include: 5-weeks of residential living and learning on the campus of Central College and 1-week of Skills Class Instruction and/or Community-Based activities (learning & participating in a variety of activities including, but not limited to: service learning, leadership development, job shadowing, cultural events, college visits, student/parent conferences, college planning presentations, tutoring and/or skill development). Students will live on the beautiful Central College campus in Pella during the residential component. Each Upward Bound summer program day, students are busy having fun, making new friends, and improving their academic skills before next school year. Students are expected to participate in the entire 6-weeks of summer programming, including the residential, skills class instruction and community-based components.

Participants live on the beautiful Central College campus during the residential component of the summer program. This experience engages students in:

  • College preparatory classes in math, science, foreign language, composition, literature, the social sciences and the arts.
  • Developing new academic, social and personal skills.
  • Matching personal goals and qualities with college and career options.
  • Learning about college admissions and financial aid processes.
  • Exploring America’s rich cultural life and heritage.
  • Interacting with and appreciate people from diverse economic, ethnic, racial or social backgrounds.

UB students arrive at Central College each June to live for 4-weeks* in the college residence halls. A college student Tutor-Counselor (TC) resides with and advises approximately 10 students.  Meals are provided through Central College’s dining facility. Each weekday, students participate in academic classes with lots of active, hands-on learning opportunities.  Course selections are made taking into account each student’s academic development and should support improved performance during the following academic year. UB typically does not award high school credit.  However, some participating high schools choose to grant elective credit for successful completion of UB courses. UB students do have the opportunity to earn free Central College credit for college level course offerings each summer they successfully complete. Nightly activities are planned for UB students to enjoy. After classes, students may participate in fun activities led by college tutor-counselors or staff, workout in Central’s gym facilities, or just relax with friends in approved meeting spaces. Dances, floor nights, Intramurals, bowling, swimming, movie nights, game nights, contracted entertainers, and/or many other recreational activities set the stage for great memories and new, lasting friendships. Students enjoy a weekend field trip to a major city, such as Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, or St Louis**.  Students visit major attractions, attend cultural events, and visit college campuses in the area.

*Students remain in residence for instructional days and an out-of-state major field trip; students are in residence on the campus of Central College in Pella Sunday evenings through Fridays; students return home for weekends on Friday afternoons.
**Students will be going to St. Louis, MO during the summer 2018 program.

2018 Summer Program Calendar – Major dates for parents and students

(Sun) June 3: Upward Bound (Bridge) students move onto campus, Central College

(M) June 4: Bridge course begins on campus, Central College

(T) June 5: Upward Bound (regular) students move onto campus, Central College

(W) June 6: Day #1 of academic classes for regular students held on campus, Central College

(T) June 5-(F) June 8: Week #1, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (F) June 8: Altered instructional day; students depart campus @ 2 PM

(F) June 8-(Sun) June 10: Students depart (F) 2 PM; All students return to campus (Sun)7 PM

(M) June 11-(F) June 15: Week #2, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (F) June 15: Skills class instruction- Day #1, 9:00-10:30 AM (gr. 10 & 12), 9:35-11:25 AM (gr. 11)

(F) June 15-(Sun) June 17:  Students depart (F) 10:45 AM (including Bridge, gr. 10 & gr. 12); All students return to campus (Sun)7 PM

  • (F) June 15: Gr. 11 student transportation is different than Gr. 10 & Gr. 12 due to skills class instruction location

(M) June 18-(F) June 22: Week #3, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (F) June 22: Skills class instruction- Day #2, *Extended day due to off-site field trips for skills classes (gr. 10/12)

(F) June 22-(Sun) June 24: Students depart (F) various times*; All students return to campus (Sun)7 PM

(M) June 25-(F) June 29: Week #4, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (TH) June 28: Last day of Regular & Bridge UB academic classes
  • (F) June 29: Skills class instruction- Day #3 (regular students); Student evaluations
    • Visitor’s Program / Academic Showcase, 5-7 PM
    • Students move items out of residence halls, 7-8 PM
    • Parents depart; Students stay on campus for the evening before the field trip

(Sat) June 30-(M) July 2: Summer 2018 Field trip to St. Louis, MO.

(M) July 2-(F) July 6: Week #5, Fieldtrip & Skills Class Instruction

  • (M) July 2: Students return to home from fieldtrip; End of Bridge program
  • (T) July 3-(W) July 4: No student programming
  • (R) July 5- Gr. 11 (only): Skills Instruction- Day #4
  • (F) July 6: Gr. 11: Skills class instruction – Day #5; Grades 10/12: Skills class instruction combined sessions #4/5

(M) July 9-(F) July 13: Week #6, Community-Based Programming (no overnight; students home)

  • (M) July 9: Summer Melt programming
  • (T) July 10: Arranged Campus Visit (Gr. 12)
  • (W) July 11: Summer Melt programming- Des Moines students; Arranged Campus Visit (Gr. 12)
  • (R) July 12: Summer Melt programming- Oskaloosa students
  • (F) July 13: Summer Melt programming- Pella students
  • Final day of summer 2018 program for students

2018 Summer Program – Academic Showcase / Visitor’s Evening, (F) June 29th

We are pleased to invite you and other family members to join us for Upward Bound (UB) Visitor’s Evening / Summer 2018 Academic Showcase on Friday, June 29.  Throughout the evening, scheduled events will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful talents and accomplishments of our students from their summer classes.

Visitor’s Evening Schedule of Activities:

PLEASE NO GUESTS ON CAMPUS BEFORE 4:00 P.M.!!  Guests are not permitted on campus before 4 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Guests may arrive to campus  — Guests should report directly to student residence halls  (Gaass-females / Pietenpol-males)

4:00-4:45 p.m. Residence Halls will be Opened for moving items out — all items must go home, except for what students are taking on the field trip!

We ask guests not to arrive on campus prior to 4:00 p.m. and all guests must be off campus by 8:00 p.m.  Students will remain on campus Friday night, June 29. We will be leaving for the end of the summer field trip to St. Louis, MO on Saturday morning, June 30th.

Please note: students are moving all of their items out of the residence halls on Visitor’s Evening, Friday, June 29, EXCEPT for what they are taking on the field trip. Parent(s) are responsible to move their child’s items out of the residence hall and transport items home. All large items, such as fans, refrigerators, etc. MUST BE SENT HOME. There will not be room in the bus storage for any extra items, other than field trip luggage.

Central College is providing a linen packet for each student Friday evening- including a bath towel, wash cloth, fitted sheet and flat sheet. Students are asked to remove their personal bedding and send home. Students may keep a blanket and/or a pillow to take on the bus the next morning.

5:00-5:45 p.m. Dinner, Central Market (optional for guests); UB teaching staff “meet & greet” in Central Market.
UB teaching staff will be joining families at dinner. Enjoy sitting with your student’s classroom teacher(s) and see what they have done on campus this summer!

*Guests are not permitted in the residence halls between 5:00-6:45 p.m. due to activities. Residence Halls will be locked.

5:45 p.m. Guests and students should begin walking over to Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
On their way out of Central Market, students will return their key/ID and receive key deposit returns

6:00 p.m. Academic Program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

6:00-6:45 p.m. Welcome by Kelly Kowzan, Director of Central College Upward Bound

Academic Showcase Program:

  • Field Trip Overview, led by Josh Swanson
  • Departmental Academic Awards Student Recognition / Slide Presentation of Academic Classes,
    led by Jason Anderson, Associate Director of Upward Bound
  • Academic Showcase Visual Presentation, created by Bryan Butcher
  • Vocal Music student performance, directed by Tristan Miedema
  • Bridge Student Recognition, Student Advisory Board President & Vice-President
  • Closure

6:45 p.m. Residence Halls Re-Opened for moving out! — all items must go home, except for what students are taking on the field trip!

8:00 p.m. All guests must be off campus NO LATER than 8:00 p.m.

It is important to take your student’s entire belongings home on Friday, June 29.  All items, except for their field trip luggage, must be sent home. This includes: refrigerators, fans, microwaves, etc. If your student had an A/C unit installed for medical reasons, A/C units will be removed in advance so parents must also take these home.

This is the final night students will be on the campus of Central College before leaving for St. Louis, MO on Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2! Students will not return to campus at the conclusion of the field trip. Students will be dropped off at their target high school on Monday, July 2.

2018 Summer Food Service Program – Information for parents and students

Central College Upward Bound (UB) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all UB program participants free of charge and are the same for all participants. Meals for participants who are income eligible for participation in UB are supported, in part, with funds awarded through SFSP. Participants who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. The remaining cost for meals provided to SFSP eligible students and meals for all other UB participants are supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide UB programming to identified students in the area.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Between June 2 and June 29 meals will be provided for program participants at Central Market (Central College, Pella, IA) at these times:

Breakfast:  7:30 am – 8:30 am (M-F)

Lunch       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (M-F)

Dinner       5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (M-R)

Times for SFSP meals provided to SFSP eligible UB participants at offsite locations July 6-12 may be obtained by calling the UB office at 641-628-7677 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 pm M-F.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: .

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website:

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for School Year 2017-2018

Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice a Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 22,311 1,860 930 859 430
2 30,044 2,504 1,252 1,156 578
3 37,777 3,149 1,575 1,453 727
4 45,510 3,793 1,897 1,751 876
5 53,243 4,437 2,219 2,048 1,024
6 60,976 5,082 2,541 2,346 1,173
7 68,709 5,726 2,863 2,643 1,322
8 76,442 6,371 3,186 2,941 1,471
Each additional person: 7,733 645 323 298 149