Upward Bound Programs
Interested in college?
Love traveling to new places?
Upward Bound helps high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. How?
- Career exploration!
- College prep workshops!
- Cultural experiences!
- Free tutoring!
- One-on-one mentorship!
- Plus, get paid for participating!
First, we help students find academic success and graduate from high school. Second, we encourage enrollment and graduation from post-secondary education. Students participate in weekly tutoring, monthly activities, and a residential summer program.
Virginia Tech's Upward Bound Programs serve students in eight counties across Southwest Virginia and is made up of three program components.
Advising sessions are held once a month to identify the students' needs and goals. It also allows us to create and enact a plan while providing encouragement, motivation, and support.
Project advisors arrange for students to recieve tutoring services through their home school as needed. Students can also receive tutoring at each Saturday Session on Virginia Tech’s campus.
Students have access to academic enrichment activities on campus during our Saturday Sessions and virtually.
Field Trips and College Visits
Students tour several colleges and universities throughout the year. Students also are exposed to new places and experiences. Trips have included Washingtion D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, and several areas across Virginia.
ACT/SAT Prep and Fee Waivers
Students are offered the opportunity to take an ACT/SAT online prep in preparation for their college entrance exam. Students may also qualify for fee waivers for both their ACT and SAT exams.
Summer Intensive Program
The Summer Intensive Program is a six-week residential summer program with academic services, postsecondary planning, career-readiness programming, college tours, and more. Each week of the program will culminate in a regional college visit and cultural activity.
The academic portion of the summer program provides a cross-curricular and project-based learning approach integrating subject-area instruction around a central theme each year. The courses are aligned with a college preparatory curriculum and designed to strengthen academic skills. Four days per week participants will take courses in mathematics, composition and literature, foreign language, laboratory science, and PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation.
This program, held during the six-week summer program, helps graduated seniors transition to college.
Saturday Sessions will be held in person on the Virginia Tech Campus from 11-3 on the following dates for the 2023-2024 school year:
- September 16th
- December 9th
- February 24th
- April 28th (seniors only)
Pick-up/drop-off times and locations vary from scool to school, check your email or see your Project Advisor for more information.
For the months not listed above, students should seek out the VT TRiO Monthly Curriculum.
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