SCC Upward Bound Students from Russell and Casey Counties visit New York City for Cultural and Educational Tour

Aug 29, 2017

upward bound students in new york cityStudents from Russell and Casey Counties who are enrolled in the Somerset Community College (SCC) Upward Bound program recently visited New York City as part of the program’s cultural enrichment component.

Upward Bound is a federally-funded grant program that provides support to high school students in their preparation for college. Typically, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of the program is to encourage college completion.

Students enrolled in the SCC Upward Bound program attend classes of all types throughout the school year, but the bulk of their instruction comes each summer. This year, SCC served students from Russell and Casey Counties through Upward Bound. Their work culminated with a trip to New York City. While there, students were treated to educational and cultural experiences, all free of charge. Among the places they visited were:

  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • One World Observatory
  • Battery Park
  • Wall Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • Circle Line Cruise
  • STOMP off Broadway
  • Wicked on Broadway
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Washington Square Park
  • New York University Production and Design Department

The New York trip came at the end of the summer program, during which students participated in academic instruction and elective classes, said Upward Bound Director Stephanie Likins.

“I am so proud of this group of students,” Likins said. “We had an amazing trip to New York and our students were commended for their outlook, positivity and behavior. Many of these students may not have been able to travel to a city like New York without funding from the Upward Bound program. Being with them as they experienced new sights, sounds and possibilities was unforgettable.”

In addition to the summer trip, SCC Upward Bound students also toured the Kentucky State Capitol and met with Rep. John “Bam” Carney; participated in community service projects including clean up days at the Star Theater in Russell Springs, the Russell County Public Library, and for Operation Christmas Child; had a one-week stay on the University of Kentucky campus; participated in the annual Kentucky Upward Bound Rally Day at Kentucky State University; toured Union College; were given a “behind the scenes” tour of SomerSplash Waterpark; and attended a banquet to celebrate their  accomplishments throughout the academic year and summer program.

Three students from this group also participated in SCC’s Summer Bridge Program, allowing them to receive two free college classes through SCC this summer, with fees and books included. 

In 2017-2018, SCC Upward Bound will again be serving Casey County students already enrolled in the program, and new and returning students from Russell, Clinton and Wayne Counties. In addition, a new SCC Upward Bound program will begin in Pulaski County in September and will serve Pulaski County High School, Southwestern High School and Somerset High School students. A limited number of spots is available for each county. For more information, contact Likins at 270-858-6509 or Stephanie.likins@kctcs.edu.