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: 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 3-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 Kansas City, MO during the summer 2020 program.

2020 Summer Program Calendar – Major dates for parents and students


                                                   RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM AT CENTRAL COLLEGE

(M) June 1 – (F) June 5                                Orientation Activities for Bridge & regular students attending summer residential program

 (T) June 2                                               Service Day 1: Meet Your TC, location Des Moines (TBD) – TC led orientation activities

 (W) June 3                                                            Service Day 2: Gr. 11 Students/Parents – John Deere Social, located TBD

 (Sun) June 7                                                         Service Day 3: Student Move-In & Orientation Activities

Student Advisory Board (SAB)                    Retreat and move-in, Time TBD (AM)

ALL students move-in (regular & Bridge), Time TBD (Early PM)


 (M) June 8 (F) June 12               Week #1, Residential-Component at Central College (Service Days 4,5,6,7,8)


 (M) June 8                                      Start of Academic Classes for regular UB I/II students & Bridge course begins


 (W) June 10                                    Skills Class Instruction: (Gr. 10 & 12) on campus / (Gr. 11) John Deere site     


 (F) June 12 (Sun) June 14                        Students depart (F) 1:00 PM; Return to campus (Sun) 7:30 PM – Service Day 9: Study Hour

(M) June 15 (F) June 19                            Week #2, Residential-Component at Central College (Service Days (10,11,12,13,14)


 (W) June 17                                    Skills Class Instruction: (Gr. 10 & 12) on campus / (Gr. 11) John Deere site
 (F)  June 19                                    Extra Skills Class for (Gr. 11) John Deere site Time (TBD) will be home later in afternoon


 (F) June 19 (Sun) June 21                        Students depart (F) 1:00 PM; (*John Deere Juniors will be later) Return to campus (Sun) 7:30 PM –        Service Day 15: Study Hour


(M) June 22 (F) June 26                            Week #3, Residential-Component at Central College (Service Days 16,17,18,19, 20)


 (W) June 24                                    Skills Class Instruction: (Gr. 10 & 12) on campus / (Gr. 11) John Deere site
 (TH) June 25                                  Post-summer Teaching Staff Retreat & Student Award Reception


 (F) June 26                                     Last day of Academic Classes for regular UB I/II students – abbreviated schedule

Last Day of Bridge course
Classroom clean-up (Teaching staff) / Residence Hall Clean-Up / Packing
Visitor’s Day Afternoon Program – Academic Showcase / Students ALL items out of residence halls



 (S) June 27 – (M) June 29                         Week #5, Residential-Component (Off-site Field Trip) (Service Days 21-23)

 (S) June 27 – (M) June 29           Out-of-Classroom learning-Field trip to Kansas City, MO

 (M) June 29                                   Students dropped at target schools/locations from field trip

 (M) June 29                   Completion of Bridge student programming Service Days (24, 25, 26)

 (T) June 30                                    Skills Class Instruction – Extended Day – Leadership Class  (Gr. 10th Only)

 (W) July 1                                      Skills Class Instruction – Extended Day – (11th Grade John Deere site)

 (TH) July 2                                    Skills Class Instruction – Extended Day  – College Visit TBD (Gr. 12th Only)

 (TH) July 2                                    TCs Check-out w/ Hall Directors; RHDs Check-Out

 (F) July 3 (M) July 6                  NO STUDENT PROGRAMMING


 (T) July 7 – (F) July 10                              Week #6, Community-Based Skills Instruction (Gr. 12 only) / Summer Melt Programming

(Service Days 27-30): College Exploration for those rising seniors who are unable to attend residential program; and “Summer Melt” activities for identified graduates

 (F) July 10                     Completion of ALL summer 2019 programming for ALL UB I/II students



2020 Summer Program – Academic Showcase / Visitor’s Afternoon, (F) June 26th

We are pleased to invite you and other family members to join us for Upward Bound (UB) Visitor’s Evening / Summer 2020 Academic Showcase on Friday, June 26.  Throughout the afternoon, scheduled events will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful talents and accomplishments of our students from their summer classes.

Visitor’s Afternoon Schedule of Activities:


11:15 p.m. Guests may arrive to campus  — Guests should report directly to DOUWSTRA AUDITORIUM

11:45 a.m. Academic Program begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.

11:45-12:30 p.m. Welcome by Jason Anderson,  Associate Director of Central College Upward Bound, Awards, Staff intro, TC intros, field trip outline and pick up times for Saturday A.M.

12:35-1:30 a.m. lunch, Central Market (optional for guests); UB teaching staff “meet & greet” in Central Market.
UB teaching staff will be joining families at lunch. Enjoy sitting with your student’s classroom teacher(s) and see what they have done on campus this summer!

1:30-2:45 p.m. Residence Halls will be Opened for moving items out — all items must go home.

We ask guests not to arrive on campus prior to 11:15:a.m. and all guests must be off campus by 3 p.m.  We will be leaving for the end of the summer field trip to on Saturday morning, June 27th.

Please note: students are moving all of their items out of the residence halls on Visitor’s Evening, Friday, June 26, 

Academic Showcase Program:

  • Field Trip Overview, led by Whitney Wagner
  • Departmental Academic Awards Student Recognition / Slide Presentation of Academic Classes,
    led by Jason Anderson, Associate Director of Upward Bound
  • Academic Showcase Visual Presentation, created by electives class
  • Bridge Student Recognition, Student Advisory Board President & Vice-President
  • Closure

3:00 p.m. All guests must be off campus NO LATER than 3:00 p.m.

It is important to take your student’s entire belongings home on Friday, June 26.   This includes: refrigerators, fans, microwaves, etc. If your student had an A/C unit installed for medical reasons, A/C units will be removed in advance so parents must also take these home.

This is the final night students will be on the campus of Central College before leaving for Kansas City, Mo on Saturday, June 27th through Monday, June 29th! Students will not return to campus at the conclusion of the field trip. Students will be dropped off at their target high school on Monday, June 29th 

2019 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 9 – June 28 meals will be provided for program participants at Central Market (Central College, Pella, IA) at these times:

Breakfast:            7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. M-F

Lunch:                   12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. M-F

Dinner:                5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. M-TH

Times for SFSP meals provided to SFSP eligible UB participants at offsite locations June 29 – July 2 and/or July 7 – 12 may be obtained by calling the UB office at 641-628-7677 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-TH / 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  on Fridays.

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 2018-2019

Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice a Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 22,459 1,872 936 864 432
2 30,451 2,538 1,269 1,172 586
3 38,443 3,204 1,602 1,479 740
4 46,435 3,870 1,935 1,786 893
5 54,427 4,536 2,268 2,094 1,047
6 62,419 5,202 2,601 2,401 1,201
7 70,411 5,868 2,934 2,709 1,355
8 78,403 6,534 3,267 3,016 1,508
Each additional person: 7,992 666 333 308 154