Upward Bound @ USM Career Day began today, Friday, July 27, with a keynote address presented by USM President Theodora J. Kalikow. Upward Bound students attended a series of discussions, led by local business leaders and USM faculty and staff, during which they learned more about the college experience and careers open to them through the achievement of a college degree. Career Day took place at the University of New England Portland campus this year due to the number of USM buildings and classrooms being renovated this summer.
Upward Bound is a program that brings high school students from qualified towns to college campuses where they learn how to hone the skills needed to apply to college, what the college experience will be like, and what careers will be open to them as college graduates. Qualified students need to show academic promise, live in a home where their parent/guardian(s) do not hold a degree from a four-year college, or meet federal income guidelines. USM’s program is funded through federal and grant dollars.
Sanford, Biddeford, Massabesic, Sacopee Valley, Bonney Eagle, Deering, Portland and Casco Bay high schools have students attending Upward Bound @ USM this summer.