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Friday, July 20, 2018

ACC Upward Bound Students Tour Colleges

ACC Upward Bound Students Tour Colleges

The Alvin Community College Upward Bound students recently visited two universities during a trip to Louisiana to learn more about the college admissions process.

A group of students toured McNeese State University and Louisiana State University during the three-day trip on July 16-18.

“The student’s experienced a university atmosphere, learned about admissions requirements and financial aid opportunities, and gained exposure to career opportunities,” said Regan Metoyer-Peterson, Advising director. “It was an incredible learning experience and I feel fortunate that the ACC Upward Bound students were afforded the opportunity.”

The trip is part of a six-week Summer Session for Upward Bound students and is designed to encourage development of academic skills, organization skills, social skills and college preparation.

Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.

The federally-funded program started at ACC in 2003. It was created by the Department of Education and works with Alvin High School students.

Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.

At McNeese and LSU, students were able to meet university staff from admissions and financial aid, deans of the various colleges, and faculty members of various departments.

The students also visited New Orleans, touring the World War II Museum.

“Our student’s learned about tolerance as they studied the unthinkable acts that were taking place around the world in the 1940s,” Metoyer-Peterson said. “The museum told the story of the war through the lens of Americans and why we fought so hard to destroy the forces of ignorance.”

Throughout the Summer Session, students would attend courses at the college and then tour a regional university on Fridays. The session ended with a recognition dinner on July 12 to honor students for their academic achievement.

The Summer Session also included field trips to Houston Baptist University, The Art Institute, and University of Houston-Downtown. Other activities included volunteering at the Houston Food Bank and participating in the TRiO Day Competition with five other Upward Bound programs from the Houston area.

For more information about Upward Bound, visit www.alvincollege.edu/upward-bound.

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