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8th-11th grade students may apply now

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PABLO — Salish Kootenai College (SKC) Upward Bound (UB) is a federally-funded college preparatory TRIO program designed to prepare low-income and first-generation students for success in postsecondary education. The program serves students in seven high schools across the Flathead Reservation: Arlee, Charlo, Hot Springs, Polson, Ronan, St. Ignatius, and Two Eagle River. 

Each participant receives individualized instruction, academic advising, and access to enrichment activities designed to increase scholastic competencies and engage students in a process of personal development and discovery. Students are encouraged to work toward setting and meeting individual goals as they strive for academic excellence and explore unique interests. 

During the academic school year, students receive weekly school-based tutoring and mentoring sessions with a UB instructor. Enrichment activities may include college tours, cultural events, workshops in a range of career fields, ACT /SAT preparation, and assistance with FAFSA, scholarship and college enrollment applications. 

In the summer Upward Bound students come together at SKC for a six-week residential component. Highlights include experiential activities, regional campus tours, and community service projects. This summer, students will travel to Montana State University to take part in nanotechnology laboratory activities and visit Yellowstone National Park. We also have a Native theater group from San Francisco joining us to facilitate a week of theater arts workshops culminating in a student performance. Service projects this summer will be varied with The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and Wild Montana taking the lead on natural resource based projects. The July college visitation trip will take students to Portland, Oregon with visits to Portland State University and University of Oregon planned. Students will visit sites of interest in the city and attend a theater production of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Beautiful.” 

If you are interested in applying for Upward Bound, please see your guidance counselor for an application. Students in the 8th grade will have the opportunity to learn about the program at our spring recruitment presentations. If you have questions, please contact Heather Licht at 406-275-4988.

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