State University has received a five-year federal grant totaling more than $1.6
million from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the university’s
Upward Bound program designed to serve potential first-generation college
Bound - initiated at McNeese in 1986 - is designed for eligible high school students
in grades 9-12 from LaGrange and Washington Marion high schools.
"We enroll highly motivated students who
desire to complete high school and pursue a college degree,” Braylon Harris, Upward
Bound director at McNeese, said.
The McNeese program consists of two components--an academic
year component and a summer component with activities designed to improve the participant’s
academic competencies and critical thinking skills.
There are currently 72
students enrolled in the program. During the academic year, students
receive supplemental help in English, math, science and foreign languages
during tutoring sessions one day per week at their respective schools and
attend workshops and seminars on selected Saturdays at McNeese and in the
Harris said during the summer component students are on the
McNeese campus for six weeks attending core high school classes that will
prepare them for future courses in school, participating in extracurricular
activities including work study and receiving career and academic counseling to
assist them in choosing a college for postsecondary education.
McNeese’s summer program - with 50 students enrolled -
recently wrapped up on campus with an Advocacy Day, where students made
presentations on a variety of social issues in front of community leaders –
Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Kevin Guidry, KPLC
anchor Cynthia Arceneaux and Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent Karl
program - the Upward Bound
Summer Bridge program - focuses on assisting
graduating participants with their transition from high school to college by
giving them an opportunity to complete six hours of academic credit at
McNeese,” says Harris. "McNeese
scholarships are available to Upward Bound participants to assist with their
continuing education at McNeese.”