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Upward Bound Students

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the Upward Bound Program at College of the Canyons? 

College of the Canyons entered into a partnership with the William S. Hart Union High School District to launch an Upward Bound program at the Golden Valley High School (GVHS) campus, designed to increase the number of GVHS students who earn a diploma and move on to pursue their education at a college or university. The partnership is the result of a five-year, $1.25 million grant awarded to the college by the U.S. Department of Education, meant to assist high school students that have the academic potential to succeed, but who need enrichment and encouragement in order to prepare for and ultimately be successful in college. Serving 60 students at GVHS each year, the COC Upward Bound program will primarily target low-income students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree.

Does any student from the Hart District qualify to participate in the Upward Bound Program at Collge of the Canyons?

No, this program is designed to specifically target students at Golden Valley High School that meet the following criteria for the grant:

  • Students must be entering 9th grade or currently enrolled in grades 9 – 11
  • Students must be between the ages of 13 and 19
  • Students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students (note that program requires 2/3 of participants must be both low-income and potential first generation students, while the remaining 1/3 of participants must be either low-income, first-generation college students or students who have a high risk for academic failure); and
  • Students must demonstrate a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education.
What does the Upward Bound Program do to better prepare participants for college during the academic school year?
 
The major highlight of the Upward Bound program involves the 6-week Summer Academy, which introduces students to topics in math, science, English, foreign language, and other electives. Students also participate in college and career oriented field trips, team building exercises, diversity/cultural awareness exploration, and leadership events. While most of these activities take place during Summer, many are also implemented during academic year as well. Below you will find the listed academic year activities:
  • One-on-one guidance and academic advising
  • Tutoring and development effective study and test-taking skills
  • Financial aid and parent workshops
  • Financial literacy and money management
  • Career exploration & college/university visits
  • PSAT & CAHSEE prep
  • Time management strategies
  • College major and career exploration
  • SAT and ACT prep/Registration assistance
  • College application process and portfolio building
  • Understanding financing college and scholarships
  • Deciding what college to pursue and enrolling
  • “Strategies for Success” in first year of college
What does the Upward Bound Program do to better prepare participants for college during the summer months?
 
A mandatory seven-week Upward Bound Summer Academy will introduce students to topics in math, science, English, Spanish, and a variety of electives. Over the course of the 5-year grant, summer science highlights will feature biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), nanotechnology and work in a cleanroom, physical science, and physics using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Students will also take part in team building and leadership events, field trips to a variety of colleges and universities, diversity/cultural awareness workshops, other recreational activities, and have an opportunity to meet renowned speakers from the local community in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (or STEM) initiatives.
 
When and where do the academic year activities occur?
 
Weekly academic year activities such as after-school tutoring and UB specific counseling will be available at Golden Valley High School, and occasional academic year Saturday Academies will be held at College of the Canyons. If a student discovers that s/he requires additional support and assistance, please contact the Upward Bound Office at 661-362-3329.
 
When and where do the Upward Bound Summer Academy activities occur?
 
The Upward Bound Summer Academy will occur at College of the Canyons (as well as possibly Golden Valley High School) beginning in mid-June through the end of July. Upon conclusion of the Upward Bound Summer Academy, a celebratory banquet will be held to honor our student participants and their parents at the Valencia Hyatt Hotel, which will serve to recognize the accomplishments of all our participants, honor parental involvement, as well as serve as the next year’s fall orientation for student participants.  
 
Are students required to attend all academic year activities?
 
Yes, students must attend all academic year activities and Saturday Academies (along with the mandatory Summer Academy). Missing any activity due to an unexcused absence could result in dismissal from the program. Work, after-school practices, etc. are not legitimate reasons for missing any academic year activities. Only a documented, verifiable illness (with physician’s note) or family emergency constitute legitimate reasons for missing any academic year activities.
 
Are students required to attend all Upward Bound Summer Academy activities?
 
Yes, students must attend all Upward Bound Summer Academy activities (along with the mandatory after-school, year-long activities and Saturday Academies). Missing any activity due to an unexcused absence could result in dismissal from the program. Work, after-school practices, etc. are not legitimate reasons for missing any Upward Bound Summer Academy activities. Only a documented, verifiable illness (with physician’s note) or family emergency constitute legitimate reasons for missing any Summer Academy activities.
 
What does it cost for a student to participate in the Upward Bound Program at College of the Canyons?
 
Free. There is no cost for qualifying students to participate in Upward Bound.
 
What must a student do to remain active in Upward Bound?
  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater and work to improve upon any grades of D or F;
  • Enroll in appropriate high school courses that will prepare students for college;
  • Attend school regularly;
  • Bring books, assignment notebook, necessary materials (e.g., calculator, pen, pencil) to class and tutoring;
  • Complete all homework on time;
  • Be attentive, on time, and actively participate in classes and tutoring sessions without any disruptive behavior;
  • Attend all Upward Bound Program activities, including the mandatory six-week Upward Bound Summer Academy;
  • Make school a #1 priority in an effort to plan for and ultimately attend college; and
  • Maintain a positive attitude towards school, the Upward Bound Program, and school staff. 
Will transportation be provided to events outside of Golden Valley High School?
 
Yes, supervised transportation will be provided for all program participants to excursions outside of Golden Valley High School. This will be at no charge to the student.
 
Does a student need to reapply to Upward Bound each year?
 
No, once a qualifying student is selected for the Upward Bound Program, s/he will continue each year through graduation.
 
Will Upward Bound pay for a student’s college education?
 
No, Upward Bound does not pay for a student’s college education. Rather, the purpose of the program is to best prepare students for entry into postsecondary education with the goal that our students will be successful in whatever institution and career path they pursue.
 
Must Upward Bound students enroll at College of the Canyons after high school, or can they enroll at other colleges too?
 
Upward Bound students are encouraged to apply to as many colleges as possible. They are not required to apply and attend College of the Canyons, however, all Upward Bound students are expected to enroll in a 4-year university or 2-year community college the Fall semester after high school graduation.
 
Do students receive high school or college credit for their participation in the Upward Bound Program at College of the Canyons?
 
Only high school credit will be available for students completing high school level classes in the Upward Bound Summer Academy. Some participants will have the opportunity to enroll in college level classes when appropriate.
 
Who supervises the Upward Bound Program students when they are away from home or school?
 
Upward Bound Program staff (including the Project Administrator, Project Director, Project Assistant, teaching instructors, with assistance from college tutors) will supervise students during all activities. Rules of conduct for students are strict, and students that violate these rules may be dismissed from the program. Please see the UB Handbook for more information on behavior and expectations.
 
What is the Saturday Academy?
 
Periodically during various Saturdays throughout the fall and spring semesters, students will have the opportunity to participate in classes and workshops planned to strengthen Upward Bound student skills in test preparation for PSAT, SAT, and ACT, focusing on reading comprehension, essay and research paper writing, critical thinking, and advanced math skills. Attendance is mandatory, just like other year-long and Upward Bound Summer Academy activities.
 
Are parents expected to participate in the Upward Bound Program at College of the Canyons?
 
Yes, parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the various Parent Workshops to be offered throughout the school year that will feature sessions on Financial Aid literacy, Success in High School, College Application Process, Scholarships and Grants, etc. During the Upward Bound Summer Academy, parents will be invited to participate in the end-of-the-summer banquet, which will serve to recognize the accomplishments of all our participants. 

The College of the Canyons Upward Bound Program is funded from 2012-2017 entirely from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $250,000 annually.

College of the Canyons does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits in accordance with requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the College. Inquiries and charges of violation concerning any of the above reference policies should be directed to the EEO Officer in College of the Canyons' Human Resources Office.

 
Upward Bound
College of the Canyons, Division of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661.362.3135