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)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- 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 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