Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,
Thank you for your interest in the West Hills College Lemoore Upward Bound (UB) programs. These pre-college programs will prepare students for college and for the workforce. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that assists disadvantaged students who are motivated to pursue higher education after high school.
Our main objective is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
Upward Bound provides an array of learning opportunities to eligible students to prepare them for a college career. It promotes academic achievement and higher learning by offering an array of support services that will foster educational success. The Upward Bound Program includes a six-week summer program at West Hills College Lemoore. During the summer, participants take part in a college experience that provides enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) but not limited to English, American Sign Language, Biology, Political Science, Art and other subject areas.
What does Upward Bound offer? The program is designed to motivate students and to prepare them for post-secondary success. In order to meet the primary objectives, the West Hills College Lemoore Upward Bound Program offers a monetary stipend and the following services to its participants:
• Leadership Development
• Career Counseling
• Community Service
• ACT / SAT Preparation
• Science Research
• College Credit
• College Tours
• College Preparation
• Recreational Activities
• Cultural Enrichment
After successfully completing the participant application, having turned-in all required documents, and deemed eligible, the student will be accepted into the program. It is important to understand that the student is required to participate throughout his/her high school career. It can be expected, that the UB senior will be prepared to apply to a college or university of their choice and have the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate through the college matriculation process and be ready for their college career.
In order to be successful in UB, the student also has responsibilities to fulfill. The following is a sampling of what is required of each participant:
Attend the tutorials / electives regularly (every week) and use the time efficiently; homework completion, studying, completing projects, asking for additional help in any topic, meeting with the UB advisor, participating in activities, etc.
Take great effort in passing all courses and communicating to the advisor or teacher when courses start to become too challenging.
Participate in the mandatory monthly Saturday sessions.(families will be notified of dates and times in advance)
Participate in field trips to visit colleges and universities and other educational facilities.
Participate in educational, team-building, leadership, and/or community service activities.
Be respectful, follow all the rules, be engaged, collaborate, and be involved.
Below is a list of additional documents and/or actions that will be requested after the initial application has been reviewed:
Social security number or alien card number (to verify US Citizenship or Residency)
Completed Recommendation Forms (Instructor and Counselor)
Copy of most recent high school transcript
Income verification (copy of current 1040 income tax return page 1 and 2; or completed Income Verification Form)
Student will also need to complete the following:
• Student Essay
• Student Pledge
• Student interview
We look forward to serving you and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach Parveen Kaler at Parveenkaler@whccd.edu 559-925-3169 or Anna Silvestre at firstname.lastname@example.org 559-925-3133.