Upward Bound Math & Science Activities
The Upward Bound Math & Science program provides an academic-year program, a Summer Academy program, and a Summer Bridge program (graduating seniors) for first-generation, income-eligible high school freshmen through seniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics professions and encourages them to pursue these subjects as postsecondary majors.
The Academic Year Component runs from September through May of every school year with weekly activities and a Saturday Academy (one per month). Program participants are provided with the following services:
- After-school tutoring/homework assistance
- Social/Cultural events and trips
- College visits
- Service learning
- College entrance exam prep
- Financial aid and financial literacy information
During June and July, the Upward Bound Math & Science program offers a six-week non-residential program, in which students attend enrichment courses on ECTC’s main campus. Students take enrichment classes in the following subject areas:
- Foreign Language
- Technology/Computer Integrated
- College Success
In addition, student services include:
- Cultural enrichment
- College tours and visits
- Field trips
Students who successfully complete Summer Academy are given the opportunity to go on an end of the summer excursion, in which they will tour various colleges/universities and tour different cities. Students not only learn about what institutions are available for attending, but also about the local culture and career opportunities of a city. Sometimes, there are other opportunities for travel during the academic year and summer months for students to tour additional colleges and universities.
In the final summer of UBMS, graduating seniors planning to attend college in the fall enroll in the summer bridge program. This program transitions the student from high school to college. Students enroll in two college classes (six credit hours): a natural science general education course and a quantitative reasoning course fulfilling a general education requirement. The courses are selected by the student and the program advisor based upon student interest and future plans. The cost of tuition is covered by the UBMS program and ECTC!