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TRiO Upward Bound helps incoming freshmen prepare for college success

Incoming freshmen who participated in New Mexico State University's TRiO Upward Bound Bridge Program this summer will be one step ahead of their peers in preparing for university-level academic expectations.

aking two classes and staying at Monagle Hall during Summer Session I, 17 recent high school graduates were taught how to prepare for the academic rigors of the college experience.

The course English 111, which is required by all NMSU freshmen, helped the students to begin writing at a university level, while the course University 150, the Freshman Year Experience, taught them study skills, note-taking, reading, time management and alcohol awareness.

Anthony Marin, the director of TRiO Upward Bound and interim associate director of the NMSU Center for Academic Success, said the program recently received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for another four years.

"The grant will allow the academic program to continue its work in preparing high school students from the Las Cruces and Gadsden school districts for college," Marin said. "The continuation of the TRiO Upward Bound Program at NMSU will further strengthen the university's commitment to assisting first-generation, low-income students prepare for success in college."

The Upward Bound Program works with 85 students each year and has been hosted by the NMSU campus since 1989.