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ACC Upward Bound Recognizes Student Excellence

ACC Upward Bound Recognizes Student Excellence

Marco Garcia was in high school and had no real goals for his future.

 The Alvin High School student said he was in serious need of direction when he discovered the Alvin Community College Upward Bound program.

 “I didn’t believe in myself until I came to Upward Bound,” he said.

Garcia was the keynote speaker at the program’s annual award dinner on July 29. Upward Bound taught him important skills for college like study methods, instilling discipline, class preparation and more.

 “I felt like I was at home,” he said. “Everyone was happy to see me. They came to me with open arms.”

 This spring Garcia graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in criminal justice.

 “I would not be the man I am today without the staff at Upward Bound,” he said. “They know what they are doing. They know exactly what you need to do to get you were you want to go.”

 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 is 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.

 “They work hard,” said director Regan Metoyer. “They set goals for their future and they achieve those goals.”

 Since the program began in 2004, 115 students have graduated from Upward Bound.

 

Students recognized for the 2013-14 school year are:

 

2014 Volunteer of the Year

Sheyla Mendez

 

2014 Rising Star

Cody Gutierrez

 

2014 Spirit of Upward Bound

Shawn Keene

 

2014 Leadership Award

Emerald Hooper

 

2014 Ms. Manners Award

Adriana Guzman

 

2014 Mr. Manners Award

Vincent Naranjo

 

2014 Field Day Mandarin Award

Mario Padilla

 

2014 Field Day Mandarin Award

Kynnedy Flannel

2014 Graduate of the Year

Troy Jackson

 

2014 Student of the Year

Ryan Easton

 

2014 Teachers of the Year

Scott Powell

Irma Garcia

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12/2/2014

December 2, 2014

The Alvin Community College Foundation will host the 15th Annual Christmas Gala on December 2 starting at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. The event will feature a meal along with live and silent auctions. For tickets please call 281-756-3600.

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12/6/2014

December 6-13, 2014

The ACC Drama Department will begin performances of the musical A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol on December 6 at the Theatre. Performances on December 6 and 11-13 will be at 8 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on December 7. Purchase tickets at www.alvincollege.edu/drama/theatreseason or call 281-756-3606.

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12/9/2014

December 9, 2014

The ACC Community Chorus will host its first performance with Handel’s Messiah on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alvin First United Methodist Church, 611 W. South Street. For more information call 281-756-3587.

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12/14/2014

December 14, 2014

The ACC Wind Ensemble will have a Christmas concert on December 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Theatre. For more information call 281-756-3588.

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12/15/2014

December 15-16, 2014

Auditions for the Drama Department production for The Fantasticks will be December 15-16 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre. Callbacks will be the following day. For more information call 281-756-3607.

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