Summer Program

Each summer typically over 100+ 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 grant, the summer program will include: 4-weeks of residential living and learning on the campus of Central College and 2-weeks 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 fieldtrips for skills classes

(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)Bridge 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 fieldtrip

(Sat) June 30-(M) July 2: Summer 2018 Fieldtrip 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-(F) July 6: Skills class instruction-Days #4-5

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

  • (M) July 9-(F) July 13: Senior student/parent conferences; fall 2018 College Planning presentations (times/location TBD)
  • Final day of summer 2018 program for students