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Area high school students participate in Upward Bound Program

Fifty Las Cruces area high school students and recent graduates are participating in New Mexico State University's annual Upward Bound program through July 14.


Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program open to recent high school graduates and high school students in grades nine through 12 who will be first-generation college graduates. The free program gives students an opportunity to plan for the future and explore educational opportunities beyond high school.

Program Director Laura Nystul said that, in addition to the summer program, Upward Bound students receive assistance throughout the year with studying skills, self-development and ACT/SAT testing.

"Upward Bound can take a student all the way through their high school career and into college," Nystul said.

Thirty-six high school students participating in Upward Bound live on the NMSU campus June 4 through July 14 while taking classes in math, science, English, foreign language, fine arts and career awareness. Fourteen recent high school graduates are participating in Upward Bound's Bridge Program that runs through June 30. The Bridge Program is designed to help recent graduates, now enrolled in summer session as freshmen, make the transition from high school to NMSU.

Chris J. Minnick
June 9, 2000