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Upward Bound and the college dream

Two graduates from Nativity Prep’s Class of 2011 were selected this past spring to participate in the Upward Bound college-prep programs at UCSD. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Upward Bound Programs are composed of Upward Bound Classic (UBC) and Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS). UBC & UBMS are TRiO programs 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Among the high schools that UCSD UBC serves, Sweetwater High School this year had two students selected for the program, one of whom is sophomore Miguel Tamayo, Nativity Prep Class of 2011. The UCSD UBMS serves students at Mission Bay and Clairemont High Schools, and Lety Gonzalez, Nativity Prep Class of 2011, was selected for the UB Math and Science program through Mission Bay High, where she is a sophomore in the Class of 2015.

The primary goal of the UB programs, as stated on the UCSD Trio Outreach website page, is “to motivate and prepare high school students to pursue a post-secondary education. The main goal of the UCSD Upward Bound Programs is to create a supportive learning environment. We want to see our students grow academically and become culturally and socially aware.”

The UB programs are geared towards high-achieving, college-bound high school students and are designed to prepare them as much for the academic rigor of a four-year college or university as for their social development. Both Miguel and Lety will continue to participate in the UB throughout the coming academic year, and for the remainder of their high school careers as they prepare for college admissions to a four-year school. The UB programs provide on-site dormitory living on the campus of UCSD for UB students during the summer.

Nativity Prep Class of 2011 graduates Miguel Tamayo (left) and Lety Gonzalez pictured in front of their campus housing at UCSD this summer during the Upward Bound program.

Our hope is that through our own college-coaching program, under the direction of our Graduate Support Program, we can enroll more of our graduates each summer in the UB programs. We congratulate Miguel and Lety for their accomplishments thus far.

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