Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) has been awarded a 5-year Upward Bound Grant from the Department of Education for a total of $1.25 million. The College will receive $250,000 for each year of the five-year grant. PDCCC has campuses in Franklin and Suffolk as well as a Center in Smithfield, VA.
Dr. Paul Conco, PDCCC President, said “Funding for this Upward Bound Program will continue to open doors of academic opportunity for high school students who might never consider college if these services were not provided.” He added, “Upward Bound helps communities prepare the next generation of the workforce so that employers will have more qualified applicants applying for jobs openings. With this program, everyone wins!”
The Upward Bound program provides fundamental support and opportunities for high school students to enable them to better prepare for entrance into college, and succeed in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound is targeted to high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, who are preparing to enter post-secondary education. The ultimate goal of the Upward Bound program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions.
PDCCC will continue plans to serve a minimum of 50 students per year that meet the program’s criteria with their Upward Bound grant award. The area high schools that will be targeted are Franklin High School, Southampton High School, and Lakeland High School in Suffolk. Students that are selected will receive a variety of services including weekly instruction and tutoring, individual advising, school break and weekend skills-building activities, and a summer enrichment program. PDCCC’s Upward Bound Program will also include local mentoring and job-shadowing opportunities with local business and industry partners.
“Paul D. Camp has worked hard to educate students in our communities. This award will ensure that we can continue to reach high school students that might not otherwise have the resources and skills they need to pursue post-secondary education,” noted Dr. Conco.
For more information about the grant, please contact Felicia Blow, PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 757-569-6791.