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Kilgore ISD Joins Upward Bound Program; Orientation To Be Held This Saturday

Kilgore College is pleased to announce that selected students from Kilgore Independent School District will participate in the TRIO Upward Bound Program along with students from four other area school districts: Gladewater, Henderson, Pine Tree and Sabine.

"We are thrilled to have Kilgore join us in the program," said Upward Bound director Bertha Brown. "The more students we can help, the better."

Brown was brought in as director after KC received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the program which provides support to high school students in preparation for college entrance.

Upward Bound will host its New Student/Parent Orientation this Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for parents and students who have been selected for participation in the program.  The orientation will be held in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.

Students who received applications from their local target school counselors, but have not completed their applications, have also been invited to attend the orientation to receive instructions in completing the application. 

Applications will also be available for students wishing to apply from the local target schools and students can receive an "initial" approval of their completed application with proof of income.

Parents wishing to apply at the orientation will need to bring copies of their 2007 income tax returns (for working parents), social security earning statements, veteran benefits, etc.  They will also need to bring official letters from such agencies to verify income.

The event will include parent/student orientations, testing, learning about program services and rules/regulations of the Upward Bound Program.  A presentation by the KC Admissions Office, a mini-tour of the campus and food will also be provided for parents and students.

The KC Upward Bound Program is intended to prepare and motivate ninth and tenth grade students for success in post-secondary education.  It is also intended to help high school students generate "the necessary skills for educational success among low-income and potential first-generation college students."

The program was created under the 1964 Economic Opportunities Act (the original War on Poverty statute).  For eligibility, students must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency and must be 13-19 years old.  They must also be enrolled in grades nine or ten when selected. 

Applicants must also meet the following criteria: come from a low income family (the family income must be within the 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines), or must be a first-generation college student (meaning both parents have not completed a four-year degree).

A minimum of 30 percent of the KC Upward Bound students must show academic need based on a grade point average of 2.5 or below or have not achieved at the proficient level on eighth grade state assessments, such as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.  

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