Free craft show at Paul D. Camp Community College will assist Upward Bound students

Group-at-VUUThe students regularly visit other college campuses in the area, such as Virginia Union University in Richmond.
 
The perfect gift may be closer than you think. Instead of going out-of-town to choose your holiday gifts, let the artisans bring items to you during the 7th Annual Christmas in Our Hometown Craft Show.
 
The show will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive in Franklin. Proceeds from vendor registration fees and raffles during this free event will benefit students in the Upward Bound program at the college. The program has recently begun a partnership with local crafter Shirley Billups, who has had successful shows in the past.
 
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that is focused on assisting low income and/or first generation high school students in grades 9 through 12 with successfully completing postsecondary education. Students receive assistance with tutoring, resources, support, college processes and the PDCCC Dual Enrollment program.
 
Additional funding from the indoor craft event will allow the program to provide even more significant experiences for the students.
 
“While academics is a priority, we like to ensure that our students are well-prepared in all aspects of college and life in general through activities, such as financial workshops, cultural experiences, college visits, summer component offerings and educational seminars,” explained PDCCC Upward Bound Director Travis Parker.
 
Statistics show that the Upward Bound program has been effective in helping students succeed in their academic and career goals. Implemented in 2008, the program touts 65 current high school participants and another 60+ participants currently enrolled full-time in college. There are eight participants currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and one in a PhD program.
 
“Thirty-six participants have completed an associate’s degree, 25 have earned a bachelor’s degree, and three have attained a master’s degree.—all in less than nine years of the program’s inception. That’s pretty significant.”
 
For more information about the PDCCC Upward Bound program, contact Barbara Strylowski at bstrylowski@pdc.edu or 757-569-6764. Vendors are needed. Those interested in registering for a 10 by 10 booth space may contact Billups at 757-620-5499.
Diamond-Jones-Haleigh-Andrew-Amari-T-Long-Angel-Padilla-Tatiyahna-Blakely-Ashlyn-EdwardsDual Enrollment Upward Bound students Diamond Jones, from left, Haleigh Andrew, Amari T. Long, Angel Padilla, Tatiyahna Blakely and Ashlyn Edwards at PDCCC in May, where they graduated from college before high school commencement.

Dinae-Jones-Layla-Barnes-Alan-Diggs-Jr-Tashera-BarrettIncoming Upward Bound students Dinae Jones, from left, Layla Barnes, Alan Diggs Jr. and Tashera Barrett volunteer to help during graduation.