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Program bridges the gap between high school and college

UTICA, Miss (WJTV) - Hinds Community College organizers are bridging the gap between college and high school for a group of local teens.

But the program almost faded away. WJTV's Shay O'Connor explains how and why the program is back.

Carla Smith is a Junior at Hazlehurst High. This is her first summer attending the Upward Bound program at Hinds CC. Classes began June 6 and Smith has already learned a great deal.

"Learning here has already helped me to become better as a citizen. It's making me more socially active here."

The program provides core classes like math and science to low income and first generation students who want to attend college. Student teachers provide guidance to help high schoolers bridge the gap.

"It feels really good to see younger people coming together and teaching younger people 'Hey this is how we can do this. This is how we can come together. This is how you can become better. This is how you can become better than how i am.'"

Administrators say the original program lost its funding. Several years passed. By a stroke of luck, instructors were able to resurrect the class for 78 students who are college bound.

Terry Lockhary Upward Bound Director Of Math And Science says,"It provides academic tutoring, ACT prep, financial aid literacy on how to borrow successfully in getting prepared for college.
We offer our summer bridge program in which we assist 12th graders in getting prepared for college."

Dr. Sharlene Brown Upward Bound Director of Math and Science say the results speak for themselves.

"It gives you an advantage because the classes they are taking are classes they would take in the upcoming year. It's classes they will have in the future which will definitely help them with their secondary education."

Hinds CC upward bound received funding this past fall. Two building on campus were renovated specifically to provide room for these students.
 


 


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