Oct 09, 2007
The United States Department of Education has awarded Humboldt State University a five-year, $1.25 million Classic Upward Bound TRIO grant to provide early outreach, encouragement and support to 50 students at six high schools in Humboldt and Trinity Counties: Arcata High, Hoopa High, South Fork High, Trinity High, Hayfork High and Southern Trinity High.
Students must be income-eligible and from families in which neither parent holds a four-year degree.
Classic Upward Bound is separate and distinct from HSU’s Veterans Upward Bound, which is appealing a recent decision by the United States Department of Education to terminate its funding.
Federal TRIO programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Upward Bound’s mission is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and gradate from institutions of higher learning.
Jen Dyke, Director of HSU’s Upward Bound initiative and a past participant in the program, began her duties Sept. 1. She holds a master’s degree in education and a single subject teaching credential from HSU. She brings prior Upward Bound administration experience to the position and has been working with TRIO programs for the past thirteen years.
“As a product of HSU Upward Bound, I am ecstatic to have this opportunity,” Dyke said. “Working as the Director of Upward Bound is the one profession that gives me the most joy and the greatest reward. The reward is not monetary or egotistic. It is simply a way to ‘pay it forward’ and to continue striving for more equitable opportunities for underserved populations.”
Humboldt State’s program includes a summer residential component that simulates a college-going experience and an academic year component that supports student success in high school. Students are provided with instruction in mathematics from beginning algebra through calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature and other academic and non-academic enrichment courses.
Participants also benefit from tutoring, a complete career guidance program, assistance with college application and financial aid procedures and academic advising throughout the year. All the services are free.
For details about HSU Classic Upward Bound, dial 707/826-3558.