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02/14/08

Upward Bound Program To Receive $1 Million To Help High School Students

President Dr. Bill Holda is pleased to announce that the Kilgore College TRIO-Upward Bound program will receive $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education.  The grant will be announced by Congressman Louie Gohmert and Senator John Cornyn at a press conference 2:15 p.m., Feb. 20, in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore College campus.  The college will also introduce Upward Bound's new director, Bertha Brown, at the press conference.

Upward Bound is a program that provides support to high school students in preparation for college entrance. 

The program serves high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree and who are low income.  At least a third of participants must be students who are academically at-risk because of low TAKS scores or low grade point averages.

The grant will allow the college to partner with 50 students yearly who meet the qualifications at four area school districts: Gladewater, Henderson, Pine Tree and Sabine.

The grant will also include funding to hire two full-time counselors who will work with students at the four high schools and the addition of an administrative assistant.

Upward Bound exists "to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education," according to the program's mission statement.

The program will be housed in the renovated second floor of the college's Ivan Liberal Arts Building and will be in place by April 1. 

Brown will begin working as director Feb. 11. 

Students can be referred to the program by their high school counselors, parents or active participants.  The program will provide academic instruction and tutoring in math, science, composition, literature and foreign language. 

It will also provide mentoring, work-study programs and cultural enrichment.  The school districts are expected to see improvements in test scores, retention, parental involvement and graduation rates of participants.

The grant was commenced Dec. 1, 2007, and will culminate Nov. 30, 2011, at which time KC will be eligible to reapply. 

For additional information, contact Bindy Tice, KC TRIO Director, at (903) 988-7590 or e-mail her: btice@kilgore.edu.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com.

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