Upward Bound Program at FAMU

More than 100 students are enrolled in a summer camp at Florida A&M University. The Upward Bound program helps students get a better feel for what college is all about.

Organizers say the program targets those from low income backgrounds and first generation college students.

"Holistically students who participate in this program are four times more likely to graduate from high school early and earn their college degree," says Patrick Austin, an Upward Bound student.

Aside from striving to get a college degree, teachers say this program will help them earn college credits.

"I know that this program is a program that can help them to get started where they want to be in life. For some of them who might not be financial able to get academically this program can help boost their academics when they go back to school."

These students say they're getting more than just an education.

One student, Patrick, says, "I learn about college and better goals and decisions with my major. I'm trying to find out what to do with my life."

Michaelia, another student, says, "I'm learning better techniques for the FCAT, ACT and SAT test to help me complete the test scores quicker and with better accuracy.

Techniques these students hope will pay off in the long run.

Upwards bound is a six week program that's entirely free.


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