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Sandburg Upward Bound Summer Program to Hold Open House

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July 9, 2013
GALESBURG— The Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound summer program will have an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 in the Building D lobby on the Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Students at the open house will showcase work they’ve done through their summer program classes. The 65 students in the program have taken college visits to Western Illinois University, Robert Morris University and Augustana College so far this summer. The program concludes with a trip to Kansas City, Mo., July 17-20 to visit the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Avila University. The main goal of the summer program is to keep students academically sharp over the summer and prepare them for the upcoming school year.

Upward Bound summer interns will also be on hand at the open house to share their internship experiences through the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the Carl Sandburg College Office of Student Life, ROWVA High School, the Knox County YMCA, John Mosser Public Library in Abingdon, the Care Center of Abingdon, YMCA Kid Care Station and Azer Clinic.

The Sandburg Upward Bound program is a federally funded program under the U.S. Department of Education that provides educational, social and cultural services to select Knox County students. The goals of the program are to assist students in achieving academic success while in high school, develop well-rounded citizens and assist students with their transition into post-secondary education, with the goal of obtaining a four-year degree.

Upward Bound participants must be Knox County students in the Abingdon, Galesburg, Knoxville or ROWVA school districts and meet program eligibility criteria. Students must be first-generation college-bound students and/or meet income guidelines. The program typically serves about 65 students annually. There is no cost to participate in Upward Bound.