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/project introduction, and 20 instructional days, including a major field trip; students return home on weekends.
**Students will be going to Kansas City during the summer 2016 program.

JUST RELEASED! 2016 Summer Program Calendar – Major dates for parents and students

(W) June 1: Parent Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m. led by Program Administrators at Community-Based sites (East HS & Oskaloosa HS)

(M) June 6 -(F) June 10: 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/T/W) June 6-8: Orientation activities and Skills Classes, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
(TH) June 9: Extended day for Fieldtrips-Skills Classes, 9:30-2:30 p.m.
(F) June 10: Service learning projects, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

(Sat) June 12: Bridge students move onto campus, Central College (afternoon)
(M) June 13: Bridge course begins 

(M) June 13 -(F) June 17: 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 13-14: Skills Classes, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
(W) June 15: Programming held on campus at Central College (Day 1 of Core Classes) *Full day of programming
(TH) June 16: Programming held on campus at Central College (Day 2 of Core Classes) * Full day of programming
(F) June 17: No regular UB student programming; Bridge only

(Sun) June 19: Regular UB students move onto campus, Central College (p.m.)

(M) June 20-(F) June 24   Week #3, Residential-Component
(M) June 20: Full day of academic classes for regular UB students
(F) June 24-(Sun) June 26  Students depart (F) 2:00 p.m.; Return to campus (Sun) 7:00 p.m.

(M) June 27-(F) July 1: Week #4, Residential-Component
(F) July 1: Students depart (F) 2:00 p.m.
(F) July 1: Bridge course ends; Bridge students move off campus; Bridge students return on field trip dates

(M) July 4: Holiday / College closed

(T) July 5: Students return to campus (T) 10:30 a.m.

(T) July 5-(F) July 8: Week #5, Residential-Component
(F) July 8: Last full-day of academic classes
Visitor’s Evening Program / Academic Showcase, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Students move out of residence halls, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Depart campus by 8:00 p.m. 

(M) July 11-(F) July 15: Week #6, Residential-Component
(M) July 11: Staff fieldtrip preparation / Closure tasks for Tutor-Counselors
(T) July 12-(TH) July 14: Out-of-Classroom student learning experience-Field trip to Kansas City
(T) July 12: Students picked up for field trip from high schools and/or specified locations
(TH) July 14: Students return to homes (NOT campus) from field trip; LAST DAY for students
(F) July 15: Final day of summer 2016 program for Staff

2014 Central College UB Summer Food Service Program