Upward Bound Summer Program
Pueblo Community College (PCC) TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science Programs are federally funded grants designed to assist 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders with the academic and social challenges of high school while preparing them for college enrollment upon graduation from high school. TRIO UB and UBMS will provide instruction, tutoring, and monitor the progress of each participant throughout the academic year and will continue to assist participants by offering Math, English, Science, Technology, and Art courses at PCC for the summer program.
All summer program classes will take place remotely and can be accessed through MyCourses in the PCC Portal. You will need your S# and network login information to access the PCC portal. Please use the forgot password link if you don’t remember your password.
Students may participate in the Summer Programs as follows:
Graduated seniors will have the opportunity to take up to six (6) credit hours for college credits at PCC during the summer semester, fully paid for by the TRIO Upward Bound Program. Resources will also be available to ensure students are fully supported during these summer classes. Students will also be provided with an additional 3-week course to be taken at the same time that will provide content to aid in the transition from high school to college.
Students participating in this program are required to attend Summer Bridge Academy Class from May 19 – June 8, completing 10.5 total hours.
- Week 1 – Organizational Skills- Meeting date/time: Tuesday Class 3:00-4:30 (virtual), Wednesday 4:00-5:00 (Kristina’s office hours), Thursday Class 3:00-4:30 (virtual)
- Week 2 – Self Care- Meeting date/time: Monday TBD (virtual), Wednesday 4:00-5:00 (Kristina office hours)
- Week 3 – Growth Mindset- Meeting date/time: Monday TBD (virtual), Wednesday 4:00-5:00 (Kristina office hours), Thursday Class 3:00-4:40
Students who miss a summer bridge class may watch the recording and complete the assignment to get credit for the week. A recording of each virtual session will be posted to MyCourses after each session.
Seniors will be participating in the College Bound portion of summer program, to include information and assignments designed to prepare them for the college application process that will begin during senior year. Programming will also include life skills courses designed to help students prepare for life as an independent young adult. The final component will include an SAT Prep course to make sure students are prepared to get their best score possible before submitting applications. Some topics that will be covered:
- Essay Writing (for college admissions and scholarships)
- Resume Writing
- College Research
- Applying for College
- Paying for College
- After Acceptance: What’s next?
- Life Skills (budgeting, filing taxes, health and wellbeing, etc.)
- SAT Prep
Juniors will be participating in a project-based learning experience this summer. Students will have the option to select a humanities or science project to follow throughout the summer that will incorporate math and English skills (please note that space in either track is limited, and students will be placed on a first come, first served basis). Each student will be sent a kit with materials to complete hands on activities from home. Juniors will also take a foreign language course and will have the option to choose from Spanish, German, or French. The final component will include an SAT Prep course to make sure students are prepared to get their best score possible during their junior year.
Science Track: Our rising juniors opting into the science track will explore the wonderful world of bees! You will learn all about the bee, from bee bodies, to how the hive stays alive, and even honey harvest. Each participant will receive our special bee kit which will include exciting, hands-on activities. You will have the opportunity to get away from online learning, go outside, and help participate in real bee data collection to help scientists study these fascinating creatures from around the globe. You can even highlight your findings with others. Join us to discover what a huge impact these tiny animals really have!
Art Track: Students will develop a proposal for the establishment of a nonprofit organization. They will present this proposal to the rest of the class in a 15-20-minute oral presentation and create a display board that describes the proposal. The following points will be established:
- Proposed Nonprofit Logo
- Executive Summary (one paragraph)
- About the Nonprofit
- Target Market for Services
- Organization & Management
- Marketing Strategies
- Fundraising Strategies
Sophomores will spend the summer exploring a variety of different topics in fun electives and working on their math and English skills to get college ready. Each student will be sent a kit with materials to complete hands on activities from home for both English and electives. Sophomores will also take a foreign language course and will have the option to choose from Spanish, German, or French. Elective topics that will be covered include: Cake Decorating, Environmental Art, Painting, Photography, the Science of Cooking, and the Science of Liquids.