Summer Program

Each summer approximately 115 Upward Bound students come from area high schools (identified in UB grant) to attend a 6-week summer program. With the implementation of the 2012-2017 UB grant, the new model of the summer program includes: 10 community-based days (2-weeks in local communities learning & participating in a variety of activities including, but not limited to: service learning, leadership development, job shadowing, cultural events, college visits and/or intensive tutoring and skill development) and 20 residential days (4-weeks on campus). 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-week summer program, both the community-based and residential 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 the College gym facilities, or just relax with friends in the Maytag Student Center. Dances, game nights, contracted entertainers, and other get-togethers 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 during move-in weekend for orientation activities and course introductions, and 20 instructional days, including a major field trip; students return home on weekends.
**Students will be going to Minneapolis, MN during the summer 2017 program.

2017 Summer Program Calendar – Major dates for parents and students

(M) May 22: Welcome Informational Meeting for all returning and new students & parents (*Evening @ 5:30 pm: Meetings held at either East HS or Oskaloosa HS)

(F) June 2: Day 1 Academic Classes held on campus at Central College

  • Bridge Orientation (No Class); Campus Tour; Community Building activities; New student IDs taken (Day programming, no overnight)

(Sun) June 4: ALL UB students move onto campus, Central College, 3 PM

(M) June 5 -(F) June 9: Week #1, Residential-Component at Central College 

  • (M) June 5: Bridge course begins
  • (F) June 9: Community-Based Instructional Day #1, 9:00-10:15 AM

(F) June 9-(Sun) June 11: Students depart (F) 10:40 AM; Return to campus (Sun)7 PM

(M) June 12-(F) June 16: Week #2, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (F) June 16: Community-Based Instructional Day #2, 9:00-10:15 AM

(F) June 16-(Sun) June 18: Students depart (F) 10:40 AM; Return to campus (Sun)7 PM

(M) June 19-(F) June 23: Week #3, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (F) June 23: Community-Based Instructional Day #3, 9:00-10:15 AM

(F) June 23-(Sun) June 25: Students depart (F) 10:40 AM; Return to campus (Sun)7 PM

(M) June 26-(F) June 30: Week #4, Residential-Component at Central College

  • (TH) June 29
    • Last day of Regular & Bridge UB academic classes
    • Visitor’s Program / Academic Showcase, 5-7 PM
    • Students move out of residence halls, 7-8 PM
  • (F) June 30: No regular or Bridge student programming

(M) July 3-(T) July 4: No regular or Bridge student programming

(W) July 5-(F) July 7: Week #5, Community-Based Programming (Day only)

  • (W) July 5: No regular or Bridge student programming
  • (TH) July 6: Community-Based Instructional Day #4
    • Extended-day Fieldtrips for Gr. 10 & 12 Skills classes (off-site)
    • Gr. 11 Skills class, 9:00-10:15 AM (+transportation to/from site
  • (F) July 7: Community-Based Instructional Day #5
    • Skills classes, 9:00-10:15 AM (+transportation to/from sites)

(M) July 10-(W) July 12: Week #6, Residential-Component (Off-site Field Trip)

  • (M) July 10-(W) July 12: Out-of-Classroom learning-Field trip to Minneapolis, MN
  • (M) July 10: Students picked up for field trip from specified locations
  • (W) July 12: Students return to homes from field trip
    • Final day of summer 2017 program for students