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Funded Programs List

Upward Bound

Project Director: Julie Primeau, Phone: 978.665.3439

Students in the Upward Bound program

Upward Bound is a high school academic enrichment program for university bound students from Fitchburg and Leominster in grades 9-12. The year round TRIO program, funded by the Department of Education, is free to eligible participants.

Summer Program:

The summer program is a six-week education program in which students live on campus from Monday through Friday. Students live in the university residence halls with residential staff counselors/tutors.

Tuesday through Friday mornings, students will take a variety of classes, such as:

  • Algebra I or II
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Problem solving
  • Statistics
  • Spanish
  • Shakespeare
  • Immigration studies
  • Japanese American literature

All students take the core curriculum courses based on their academic need or interest. A series of developmental workshops and study skills are held Monday through Thursday evenings. Small study groups are held for homework time and tutorial assistance.

Monday through Thursday afternoons, many students participate in the afternoon work experience, located on campus or at an agency in Fitchburg and Leominster, MA. Other students participate in an intensive field science or English (Readers as Teachers) class every afternoon.

A variety of educational, university visits, and recreational field trips are planned. Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural field trips relevant to their summer studies and interests.

Expanding Horizons (Student Support Services)

The Expanding Horizons Program is designed to enhance the academic success of 200 students who come from families with low incomes, are first generation in university and/or have a disability. Program staff will foster a cooperative work environment to strengthen academic preparation, build academic confidence, establish long term career objectives and encourage development of leadership skills for eligible students.