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UND TRIO Programs - Upward Bound Summer Program
The summer component is a six week residential program designed to give participants insight to courses for the following academic year or to provide remediation in courses to strengthen their skills. The summer academic component is broken into the regular UB, pre-bridge, and bridge. Regular UB and pre-bridge participants take classes to receive half of a high school credit in communications from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Students are given pre and post tests in each subject and teachers monitor their grades through weekly progress reports which are kept in their student files. Bridge students will take courses to earn nine college credits. The Bridge component will combine five weeks of classroom and laboratory instruction with a week of field/laboratory instruction including a trip.
A Bridge seminar is held each year to help senior participants prepare for college. Topics include college selection, college admission requirement, the application process for admission, housing and financial aid. Admissions and financial aid representatives will be asked to provide expertise in these areas. Additional sessions cover issues related to college life. Status checks are done on participants relating to their course work, graduation status and required college admission tests.
OTHER PRE-BRIDGE ACTIVITIES
Mentoring Program The Upward Bound project uses mentoring in a variety of ways.
• Participants provide peer mentoring to new participants.
• Mentoring is also a valuable part of the job shadowing portion of the program. Participants attend dinners where participants from the University of North Dakota McNair Program and Student Support Services share their experiences in postsecondary education.
• Hierarchical mentoring relationships are formed with Upward Bound participants serving as mentors for younger Talent Search students and members of Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program serving as mentors to younger Upward Bound and/or Talent Search participants.
Participants (except Bridge) are required to enroll in 1 evening camp each week which meets for a total of four class periods (90 minutes each). The camps vary from summer to summer, but usually include:
- Leisure sports
- Fine arts
- First aid/CPR
Work Study/Job Shadowing
The University of North Dakota Upward Bound project will include this work option in their summer program for participants. The selection and placement of participants will include the following procedures and factors:
- Priority for participants will be awarded based on grade level with juniors first, followed by seniors, tenth and ninth grades respectively.
- Preferences for work sites will be determined by participants’ academic interests.
- On-campus work sites will be identified by project staff.
- Participants will work approximately 10 hours per week during the summer component.
- The number of participants selected for the work option may vary depending on the hourly salary and work schedule.
OTHER BRIDGE ACTIVITIES
Bridge participants have regularly scheduled learning center times twice a week in the afternoons and five nights during the week.
All Bridge participants enrolling in post-secondary institutions must finalize admission prior to attending the summer component. Bridge participants will be encouraged to complete financial aid and housing applications prior to attending the summer component. Project staff will follow-up on all Bridge participants during the summer to review financial aid award letters if necessary.