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High school students hone academic skills

June 26, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Some 50 local high school students will be shaving six weeks off their summer vacations to beef up their academic skills.

All of the students are rising 9th-, 10th- and 11th-graders at Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high schools who are participating in Western Michigan University's Upward Bound Program and have signed up to attend its summer component, which runs July 7-Aug. 14.

The students will take courses taught by certified teachers in math, science, literature/composition, computers and Spanish for the entire six weeks to better prepare them for high school completion and college entry.

As part of Upward Bound's summer component for 2009, students will travel to Atlanta to participate in hands-on learning in all subject areas as well as to take part in college and university visits, museum tours, cultural events, and related activities.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparations for entering college. It offers opportunities for participants to perform successfully at the high school level and, ultimately, in their higher education pursuits.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program seeks to increase the rate at which students from selected groups complete secondary education and enroll in as well as graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

For more information about WMU's Upward Bound Program, contact Erika Carr, associate director of multicultural affairs, at erika.carr@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3319.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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