Simpson University Upward Bound Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

“The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

-Bradley Ramsey, Simpson University Upward Bound participant

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University Upward Bound program participant Bradley Ramsey, a senior at Anderson Union High School, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to one of the nation’s top-ranked universities.

Bradley was selected out of a national applicant pool of more than 18,500 students for a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

After a rigorous application process, students rank up to their top 12 colleges before learning if they are selected as finalists. This year about 6,000 students were selected as finalists and began submitting supplemental material to their respective college choices. Student finalists were then “matched” based on their top choices and the colleges’ priority list of applicants. Bradley was one of 1,464 students to be awarded a Match Scholarship. He intends to enroll at Rice University for fall 2021 to major in mechanical engineering and minor in aerospace. Rice is ranked the 16th best college in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“I chose Rice University because of its prestigious history and deep connection to the U.S. space program and NASA,” Bradley said. “The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

Bradley has distinguished himself at Anderson High School, seeking out leadership opportunities and participating in the Science Bowl and Robotics Club. Last year, he was selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year, including attending a legislative conference at the state Capitol.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically challenged students better opportunities to attend college by providing services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences, and other academic and pre-college support.

During the summer, more than 100 Upward Bound students participate in a program that includes a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, and a weeklong road trip to visit colleges. The pandemic challenges of 2020 prompted the creation of a robust virtual summer program that included the study and building of drones, as well as the opportunity for 40 Upward Bound students to take a Simpson University Intro to Business course remotely, taught by Dr. Dan Sloan.

Learn more about the Simpson University Upward Bound program at https://simpsonunews.com/grants/.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes, SAT Math Bootcamps, and foreign language, through an online learning format called Mango. Students also studied drone technology (building, programming and flying), culminating in outdoor events to fly the drones they assembled.

In a pilot program, Simpson University made Intro to Business, taught by Dr. Daniel Sloan, available remotely to more than 40 Upward Bound students from Simpson University and UC Davis.  Another new element this summer is student participation in the Upward Bound Work-Study program. The goal is to teach students what Work-Study is and how it relates to college financial aid. A secondary outcome for Work-Study is to compensate students who work as interns in their local community or for Upward Bound, or who learn a new career skill, like drone technology.

Although students are disappointed about not being able to travel this summer, they are finding the new format educational and informative. Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound student Siena Maniatis wrote this description of the summer program there:

Despite being physically apart, the summer program has continued to go on virtually, giving students a social opportunity as well as supplying a positive learning atmosphere completely free of charge for eligible students. 

Usually, the summer program is in person at the high school; it follows a weekly schedule with each student taking an online class through College of the Siskiyous as well as participating in learning activities at the school a few days a week. Everything is taking place online this year.

In past years, the summer program has hosted a trip for college tours which also includes fun activities. Last year’s participants took a charter bus through Oregon and Washington to tour colleges in the area and participate in fun activities included ziplining and visiting the Space Needle.

This year, students are still required to take an online course of their choice through either College of the Siskiyous or Simpson University; all other activities are done online as well. Students have weekly one-on-one meetings with advisor Jeanine Masciola through Zoom, to make sure they are successful at meeting their responsibilities. Activities vary on a weekly basis, with all learning activities taking place on Zoom or other online platforms.

During Weeks 1 and 2 students met with college representatives on Zoom to take virtual tours of campuses all around California. Week 3 provided students with the opportunity for SAT Math Bootcamp, a class that focused on preparing students for college entrance exams. Weeks 4 and 5 provide an opportunity to learn about Drone Technology/Robotics with Mount Shasta High School teacher Greg Eastman. Week 6, the final week of the program, will offer a paleoanthropology class with Mount Shasta High teacher Barbara Paulson. The summer program has been granted permission to meet in person a few days during weeks 4, 5, and 6 — taking all necessary precautions. 

Although it is disappointing for both students and staff alike that they are limited to online learning, the Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound summer program has made immense efforts to adapt itself to meet the needs of its students amidst these difficult times. The program has done everything possible to make the contents of its duration enjoyable as well as knowledgeable. 

Students at all the high schools are adapting well to the new format, staff members say. Here are some of their comments:

  • “We are still thriving and managing to have a successful summer program, while staying safe.” – Mount Shasta High School sophomore
  • “I would like to be able to go on trips, but I did like the SAT math boot camp.” – Anderson Union High School sophomore
  • “I haven’t done the summer program in the past, but I really like the check-ins.” – Dunsmuir High School junior
  • “I liked how immersive (the Virtual College Tours) were and they told a lot of details. I liked UC Santa Cruz because the tour guide was very good at answering questions.” – West Valley High School rising senior
  • “I am definitely going to apply to UCSB in the fall, and I am happy to say that Upward Bound made that happen.” – Mount Shasta High School rising senior

With COVID precautions in place, students met in July to fly the drones they built and programmed for four weeks. Teachers Kurt Champe from Dunsmuir High School and Greg Eastman from Mount Shasta High gave instruction via Zoom classes. Simpson University communication professor Molly Rupert and President Norman Hall’s daughter, Naomi, visited the Upward Bound students at West Valley High School to observe their drones in action.

Since the start of the Upward Bound program administered by Simpson University, 534 North State high school students have participated. Among 2019 graduates, 37 Upward Bound seniors earned a combined $430,708 in tuition aid for college, an average of $11,640 per student. Students were introduced to these grant and scholarship opportunities through workshops conducted by Upward Bound advisors. More than 90 percent of those seniors attended a community college or four-year university in the fall of 2019. For the class of 2020, one site thus far has graduated 17 Upward Bound seniors, who have earned more than $265,000 in tuition aid.

Photos courtesy Jeanine Masciola and Molly Rupert

Top: Upward Bound high school students take a virtual tour of Simpson University during their summer program.
Middle: Students from the Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound program assemble and fly drones.
Bottom: Students from the West Valley High School Upward Bound program meet to fly their drones.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. The university is launching new programs in digital media, computer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

Simpson University Upward Bound Student Selected to County Board of Education

ANDERSON, Calif.—Bradley Ramsey, a junior at Anderson Union High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year.

Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in board processes to find solutions to challenges that Shasta County schools are facing.

“It’s a unique experience, with many educational benefits, including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area,” he said.

Students selected to serve on the board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.

Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project, their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls a fire alarm. “It was a long process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational,” Bradley said.

bradley_senateBradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the Senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure, really,” he said. “Being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because it’s the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”

Bradley seeks out opportunities for leadership. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America, and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a four-year university.

Article by Anthony Zippay, Upward Bound advisor

Photo: California State Assembly member Megan Dahle, left, with Bradley Ramsey, Student Board of Education representative for Region 1. Bradley is an Anderson High School student who participates in the Upward Bound program overseen by Simpson University.

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 About Shasta County Student Board Members:

Student Board Members, who are selected through an application and interview process, serve a one-year term on the Shasta County Board of Education. They provide important insight and input into the discussion of the Board and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns are listened to and reflected in decisions of the Board.

This unique opportunity for students to serve as Student Board Members provides them with an up-close view of the governance process. They gain a perspective of the educational systems, rules, regulations, and practices of the Shasta County Board of Education, Shasta County Office of Education, local school districts, and the California Department of Education.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and the Shasta County Board of Education is proud to serve together with our Student Board Members to directly influence the lives of children in Shasta County.

About Simpson University Upward Bound:

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded federal grants totaling $10 million to help boost higher education success rates in Northern California. The seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant serves more than 800 middle and high school students in far Nor Cal. The five-year Upward Bound grants serve area high schools providing student support services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences and other academic and pre-college support services. 

About Simpson University:

Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. Simpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

 

 

Simpson University Welcomes First Upward Bound Graduate on Campus

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University freshman Angelina Yang wants to go big.

This 18-year-old dreamer is the first person in her family to go to a university. She’s the oldest of six children born to a Hmong father and American mother. Born in Fresno, she has lived in Crescent City and graduated from high school in Anderson.

And she wants to become a clinical or criminal psychologist.

Two years ago, Angelina heard about a new program being offered at Anderson Union High School called Upward Bound. This federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

“I heard details and believed it was a really great opportunity for me, so I signed up,” she said. “The advisors were super helpful. I wanted help with finding the right college and getting support.”

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at four area high schools: Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta. Angelina was one of 47 Upward Bound students from the four schools who have graduated in 2018 and 2019. Of those, 42, or almost 90 percent, have gone on to post-secondary education.

Angelina is the first North State Upward Bound student to choose Simpson University after graduation. She considered going to a community college, but “I wanted to go big,” she said, “so I chose Simpson.”

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Angelina Yang, fourth from right, and other Anderson High School students on an Upward Bound field trip.

Angelina was introduced to Simpson through an Upward Bound field trip. Upward Bound advisors arrange for students to visit colleges, museums, and other educational facilities throughout California, as well as helping them with résumés and other life skills to help them succeed after high school. (Though the advisors are employed by Simpson University through federal grant funds, they are prohibited from promoting just one college. Their role is to help students find the best educational fit for them.)

For the past two years, Simpson University has hosted an on-campus summer program for more than 100 Upward Bound students, during which they live in residence halls and eat in the dining center to give them an experience of college life. Angelina said she took classes at Shasta College for her summer program.

The welcome and help she received from admissions counselors and others at Simpson University convinced her this was where she wanted to be. With their help, she applied for and received financial aid and scholarships.

“Simpson has been a great experience,” she said, a few months into her first semester. “Everyone is so positive and gets you involved in everything. There is a great spirit here.”

Angelina has a brother and cousin in the Upward Bound program at Anderson High, and she plans to encourage her next youngest sister to participate as well. “Upward Bound majorly impacted my life,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Her family is excited and supportive about her being at Simpson University. “It really means a lot to them – their first child is going to college,” Angelina said. “Every time I see them they tell me how proud they are of me.”

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In 2017, Simpson University was awarded two federal grants totaling $10 million to help boost higher education success rates in Northern California. The seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant serves more than 800 middle and high school students in far Nor Cal. The five-year Upward Bound grant serves area high schools.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

Simpson University to Host Students for Upward Bound Summer Program

REDDING, Calif.—For the second year, Simpson University is hosting approximately 80 North State high school students for a week as part of the federally funded Upward Bound program overseen by the university in partnership with the University of California, Davis, and College OPTIONS Inc.

The students, from West Valley, Anderson Union, Dunsmuir, and Mount Shasta high schools, will live in residence halls and eat in the dining center June 10-14. This year the Upward Bound summer program will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) through group projects, presentations, and experiential learning. Students will also be enrolled in online college courses at either Shasta College or College of the Siskiyous.

“The summer program at Simpson University is designed to give the students a taste of college life,” said David Radford, Upward Bound project director for Siskiyou County.

“Living in the dorms is huge. Every student mentioned it was a highlight for them,” he said. “It helps the students build their interpersonal skills and gives them a taste of being responsible for their own schedule, and what to expect when living with someone who is not a family member.”

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Kimberly Rubio, an Upward Bound participant from Mount Shasta High School, talks to KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne about her experience staying on campus during summer 2018.

Students in the program are also enrolled in an online college course and will have 90 minutes each afternoon to work on that, Radford said. “Potentially, a rising ninth grader could earn 18 units of college coursework by the time they graduate high school with the help of Upward Bound,” he said.

Following their week at Simpson, which also includes a hydrology and biology rafting trip and astronomy party at Whiskeytown Lake, the students will spend three weeks working at their high schools with their Upward Bound advisors on their online classes, as well as focusing on other subjects.

During the program’s fifth week, the students will travel to Seattle on a college and cultural excursion road trip.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5 million federal grant to help administer the Upward Bound program for five years to boost higher education success rates among Northern California students.

In September 2018, the university’s Upward Bound program received an additional $160,000 in grant funding for STEAM education and academic excursions.

The supplemental funds went toward the following Siskiyou County Upward Bound projects at Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta high schools:

  • Creating a makers space for engineering and robotics (Dunsmuir)
  • Furnishing an Upward Bound mobile computer lab (Mt. Shasta)
  • Instruction for students to build a website
  • A STEAM-related field trip that included visits to UCLA, USC, CSU Long Beach, and Cal Tech; participation in a Disney Youth Education program; and visits to the Griffith Observatory and the California Science Center in L.A.

Simpson University’s Shasta County Upward Bound programs at Anderson Union and West Valley high schools utilized the funds to collaborate with UC Davis’ Upward Bound programs at the same schools for a STEAM-focused field trip for 80 students. The group visited numerous college campuses and other educational venues, including CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Northridge, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and the Disney Youth Education program.

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“I heard time and time again from many of the students—all of whom are either potential first-generation college students, or from low-income families, or both—that their eyes were opened to the vast array of options for their post-secondary education,” said Mike Martin, Upward Bound director for Shasta County.

Some of the field trip tour guides were specifically selected as former Upward Bound participants, Martin said. “They delivered strong messages to our students about how the support they received through Upward Bound opened doors for them and prepared them for the transition to life at a university,” he said.

At West Valley and Anderson high schools, the grant funds also went toward the purchase of robotics equipment, drones, GoPro cameras, STEAM curriculum, and the creation of work-study positions.

The national Upward Bound program helps high school students from low-income families and families where neither parent has earned a college degree prepare for college entrance.

Related stories:
– Simpson University Hosts 150 Students for Upward Bound Summer Program
– KRCR-TV: Local high school students move on campus, experience college life, thanks to $5M grant

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Upward Bound Siskiyou County Students Experience Big City on Trip

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University staff members working for Upward Bound took 31 Siskiyou County high school students to visit college campuses, the state Capitol, and a museum during Veterans Day weekend.

The trip was part of the federally funded Upward Bound program overseen by the university in partnership with College OPTIONS Inc. Simpson University was awarded a $5 million grant in 2017 to administer the program, which helps high school students from low-income families and families where neither parent has earned a college degree to prepare for college entrance.

The students, from Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir high schools, visited California State University, Sacramento, and the state capitol, as well as the University of San Francisco and the California Academy of Sciences. They were accompanied by Jeanine Masciola and Kevin Luce, Upward Bound advisers for Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir, respectively.

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“Many of my students had never been to a big city like San Francisco before,” Masciola said. “It was not just an academic experience, but also a new cultural experience for these students. They had an opportunity to see what life is like beyond the smaller, more rural community in which they live. For some, this trip may have been the first time they have considered going to college or seeking a career that involved relocation to a big city. This trip expanded their world-view in a very real way.”

In addition to the two Siskiyou County schools, the Upward Bound program also works with students at West Valley and Anderson high schools. During the summer, approximately 150 students from all four schools stayed in Simpson University residence halls and attended educational sessions designed to give them a taste of college life.

Upward Bound staff members share an office on Simpson’s campus with employees for GEAR UP, another federally funded, multi-year program that works with more than 800 students in 10 middle schools and nine high schools in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Modoc counties. Simpson was awarded a seven-year, $4.8 million grant to administer the GEAR UP program.

This fall, GEAR UP advisers took more than 130 students from Butte Valley, Burney, Los Molinos, and Trinity County on trips to visit College of the Siskiyous, University of California, Davis, Simpson University, and Chico State University.

Between Upward Bound and GEAR UP, Simpson University has the opportunity to impact an estimated 1,000 North State students and their families by working with them toward higher education and career training.

Top photo: Upward Bound Siskiyou County students visit the Golden Gate Park Observatory of Flowers. Middle: Students visit the California Academy of Sciences.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Simpson University Hosts 150 Students for Upward Bound Summer Program

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University hosted approximately 150 North State high school students in mid-June as part of the federally funded Upward Bound program overseen by the university in partnership with College OPTIONS Inc. and the University of California, Davis.

The students, from West Valley, Anderson Union, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools stayed in residence halls and ate in the dining center. Each day they chose from presentations geared to increase their awareness and knowledge of how higher education benefits various career fields.

More than 20 presenters led sessions, including Redding City Manager Barry Tippin, local real estate professionals, police officers, firefighters, and more. Simpson University biology professor Brian Hooker, history professor Tim Orr, and development director Roger Janis were also among the presenters.

The summer program at Simpson University is designed to give the students a taste of college life, said David Radford, Upward Bound project director for Siskiyou County.

“Living in the dorms is huge,” he said. “It’s definitely a cultural experience. Being on Simpson’s campus gives them college experience and readiness.”

UB-summerStudents in the program are also enrolled in an online college course and had two hours each afternoon to work on that, Radford said. “They could have 12 units of college coursework done by the time they graduate high school,” he said.

Following their week at Simpson, which also included a rafting trip and visit to Whiskeytown Lake, the students spend three weeks working at their high schools with their Upward Bound advisors on their online classes, as well as focusing on other subjects.

During the program’s fifth week, the students travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit college campuses. Simpson University is the only campus where students stay overnight, Radford said.

Simpson University was awarded a $5 million federal grant last year to help administer the Upward Bound program for five years to boost higher education success rates among Northern California students.

The national Upward Bound program helps high school students from low-income families and families where neither parent has earned a college degree prepare for college entrance.

Top photo by Stacey Garrett / UC Davis Upward Bound Advisor Daniel Collins leads an expert panel about college and career awareness, financial aid, and concerns related to postsecondary education during Upward Bound’s summer program at Simpson University.

Photo, middle: Kimberly Rubio, an Upward Bound participant from Mount Shasta High School, talks to KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne about her experience staying on campus.

Related links:
KRCR-TV story

 

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.