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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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9/9/2014

September 9, 2014

The Office of Student Activities will host an informational session on September 9 at 12:30 p.m. on its upcoming program called Dolphins Lead, which will teach students leadership skills. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/10/2014

September 10, 2014

The ACC Student Government Association will have its first meeting of the school year on September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/11/2014

September 11, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/13/2014

September 13, 2014

Area students will be treated to a free lunch along with guest speakers that will share tips on becoming effective leaders at the annual Student Leadership Conference on September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Andy Stoll. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/15/2014

September 15, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/17/2014

September 17, 2014

Students will learn about the legislative process during the annual Constitution Day event on September 17 at 11 a.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/22/2014

September 22, 2014

Registration for the second, eight-week fall mini semester will open on September 22 and close on October 16. Classes will begin on October 20. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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9/25/2014

September 25, 2014

The ACC Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on September 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. Call 281-756-3500 for more information.

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9/29/2014

September 29, 2014

The Fine Arts Gallery will host an exhibit of the works of William Jones from September 29 to October 24. There will be a reception on October 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery. For more information call 281-756-3605.

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10/1/2014

October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association will have its monthly meeting on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. Call 281-756-3686 for more information.

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