Local high school kids take part in West Hills College Upward Bound summer program

From West Hills College

The summer is drawing to a close and, with it, the Upward Bound Residential Summer Program at West Hills College Coalinga. Each summer, dozens of area high school students take rigorous, six credit college classes on the Coalinga campus through the program.

Students also participate in leadership and skill building activities, career exploration, community-based service projects and receive intensive tutoring.

“Upward Bound students spend the summer having fun, making friends, and improving their academic skills before the next school year,” said Raquel Rodriguez, Director of Title IV Programs for West Hills College Coalinga. “Our students reached the end of the Residential Summer program prepared to enter the academic year, motivated and excited to learn.”

This year’s residential component ran from June 14 to July 26 and included 26 students staying on the Coalinga campus in the residential dorms for the full six weeks. They also visited UCLA in July.

The goal of the program is to prepare these students for a successful transition to college and encouraging them to graduate with a degree. Students from communities including Coalinga, Huron, Mendota, San Joaquin and Tranquillity can be a part of the program through WHCC.

The students also receive support through the Upward Bound program throughout the school year, including weekly tutoring at their high school and field trips to universities.

This summer, nearly 30 program participants also took classes online for nine weeks or on campus, without staying in the dorms.

For more information on Upward Bound, visit westhillscollege.com/coalinga.


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