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Upward Bound program doles out awards for summer students
Photos and Story by James Hill
Ramon Carbajal, an Upward Bound student and a sophomore at Aloha High School, gives a hug to Upward Bound Program Director Jean Garcia-Chitwood after being awarded an “Outstanding Student” and role model at this year’s summer session.
Upward Bound is a federally funded program geared to first generation college-bound students or high school students who meet certain low-income eligibility guidelines. The program prepares students for college while in high school by providing tutoring, advising and mentoring services, as well as opportunities to explore various careers throughout the year.
Exposure to the college environment is key; during the summer, Upward Bound students attend classes at PCC Sylvania for five weeks, and visit other local universities and colleges, too. Approximately 50 students are currently in the program, ranging from freshmen to seniors from four local high schools: Aloha, Sunset, Tigard and Tualatin.