Concord University’s “Upward Bound” programs offering virtual services to participants during a pandemic

Concord University’s Upward Bound programs help high school students make the transition to college, as well as veterans seeking a path to higher education.

In these unpredictable times, the Upward Bound and Veterans Upward Bound programs ensure that their participants stay on track. There are over 220 students and veterans in the programs.

“A lot of our students come from rural areas and they need that extra push, and with a little bit of encouragement, and that extra help, they will achieve their goals,” said Barb Meador, Deputy Director and Senior Advisor. awareness raising.

The US Department of Education takes note of these services, which include peer tutoring, GED and college preparation, stipends, and more. He continues through the current crisis. The high school program focuses on Grades 9 to 12 students in 5 counties in southern West Virginia, but the Veterans Program is dedicated to men and women who have served in the military.

“We are always recruiting year round for veterans up. We have events coming up, including a military quiz night and an online military appreciation night,” said Kristen Williams, director of Veterans Upward Bound .

Upward Bound-sponsored college campus tours are a key part of the student experience, but as the pandemic closes that door, Upward Bound is moving forward by offering these college tours and credits on the internet.

“Due to COVID-19 this summer, everything will be online. We will have a virtual program with our online courses. We are doing our best to call students, send them messages, Facebook and work with them to see how it works. unwind their homework and encourage them and tell them, “Hey, we’re in the same boat, we’re going to get over this, we’re here for you and we want to be there to help them,” Meador said.

Perry A. Thomasson