Summer Program

Each summer approximately 105 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/project introduction, and 20 instructional days, including a major field trip; students return home on weekends.
**Students will be going to Chicago, IL during the summer 2015 program.

2015 Summer Program Calendar – Major dates for parents and students

(M) June 1 -(F) June 5: Week #1, Community-Based Component OFF CAMPUS, Sites at East HS (for Des Moines students) and Oskaloosa HS (for Oskaloosa, E-B-F, and Pella students)
(M) June 1: Parent Night, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
(T/W) June 2-3: Orientation activities, (9:30-11:30 a.m. or 3:30-5:30 p.m. Snow days will determine final schedule.)
(TH) June 4: Service learning projects, (9:30-11:30 a.m. or 3:30-5:30 p.m. Snow days will determine final schedule.)
(F) June 5: Programming held on campus at Central College (IDs taken, campus tour, abbrev. classes, project sign-up, Bridge orientation)

(M) June 8 -(F) June 12: Week #2, Community-Based Component OFF CAMPUS, Sites at East HS (for Des Moines students) and Oskaloosa HS (for Oskaloosa, E-B-F, and Pella students)
(M/T) June 8-9: Programming, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
(W) June 10: Programming / Skills fieldtrips, 9:30-2:30 p.m.
(TH/F) June 11-12: Programming, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (regular UB only)

(W) June 10: Bridge students move onto campus, Central College (evening)
(TH) June 11: Bridge course begins
(Sun) June 14: Regular UB students move onto campus, Central College

(M) June 15-(F) June 19   Week #3, Residential-Component
(M) June 15: 1st Full day of academic classes for regular UB students
(F) June 19-(Sun) June 21  Students depart (F) 3:30 pm; Return to campus (Sun)7:00 pm

(M) June 22-(F) June 26: Week #4, Residential-Component
(F) June 26-(Sun) June 28: Students depart (F) 3:30 pm; Return to campus(Sun)7:00 pm

(M) June 29-(TH) July 2: Week #5, Residential-Component
(TH) July 2: Last full-day of academic classes / Bridge course ends
(TH) July 2: Visitor’s Evening Program / Academic Showcase, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Students move out of residence halls, depart campus for homes 
(F) July 3: Holiday / College Closed

(M) July 6-(F) July 10: Week #6, Residential-Component
(M) July 6: Staff fieldtrip preparation / Closure tasks for Tutor-Counselors
(T) July 7-(TH) July 9: Out-of-Classroom student learning experience-Field trip to Chicago, IL
(T) July 7: Students picked up for field trip from high schools and/or specified locations
(TH) July 9: Students return to homes (NOT campus) from field trip; LAST DAY for students
(F) July 10: Final day of summer 2015 program for Staff 

2014 Central College UB Summer Food Service Program