Issue 417: 4 / 2 / 2012
Southwest Upward Bound Hosts Career Day and Spring Fling
Southwest’s Upward Bound hosted its annual Career Day and Spring Fling on March 17 at the Union Avenue Campus. This event is designed to expose Upward Bound participants to career information that will help them select college majors consistent with their career interests.
Professionals from various fields such as allied health science, nursing, criminal justice, civic and business communities presented. Former upward bound participant, Dr. Lara Chatman, discussed ways in which the Upward Bound Program assisted and prepared her for college and earning a doctorate degree. Other presenters included Clarence Christian of Project Alpha and Youth Leadership Initiatives with the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated; business owner, Carl Person of Customized Solutions – A Person-2-Person consulting firm; Officer Ronald Ross, Police Services and Public Safety for Southwest Tennessee Community College; Powell Odie, intensive care unit nurse for the Veterans Administrative Hospital; Beverly Winfield-Sakyi advisor/retired nurse for Allied Health Programs, Southwest Tennessee Community College; and also from Southwest, Dr. Juliann Waits, associate professor, Biotechnology and Forensic Science Degree Program.
The music was performed by LaKeisha Williams while Upward Bound participants read and recited poems and served as hosts and hostesses. Coordinating the event were, Southwest Upward Bound Program Director Patricia Burnette, Office Manager Wendy Boyd, and Office Assistants Stacey Freeman and Veronika Garner.
Most Upward Bound programs are housed on a college campus and provide academic instruction, individual and group counseling and tutorial services to high school students. Locally, eligibility is determined if a student is in the ninth (9) or tenth (10) grade at Carver, Frayser, Hamilton, or Manassas High Schools; a U. S. Citizen; a first-generation college student; academically and economically deprived; and interested in preparing for college.
After graduation from high school, the Upward Bound Program affords each participant an opportunity to earn up to seven (7) hours of college credit and provides a monthly stipend.
Students interested in applying to the Upward Bound Program may obtain an application from their high school counselor or contact the Upward Bound Office at (901) 333-5117.