Concord College Launches New Program to Help Disadvantaged Students
Athens, W.Va. - Concord College announces the first and only Math & Science Upward Bound program in the state of West Virginia, according to Dean W. Turner, Vice President and Academic Dean.
The Math-Science Upward Bound program will serve around 50 low-income and/or first generation high school students who have a need for academic support to successfully complete high school, enter post-secondary education, and earn a baccalaureate degree. Participants will be drawn from 13 target schools located in the southern West Virginia counties of McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Summers, and Wyoming. These are areas of high unemployment and economic depression.
Program students will be selected in accordance with the guidelines of the Federal Register, and will be involved in activities that increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation to achieve, and academic performance. The three components of the Math & Science Upward Bound program are a ten-month academic year program, a six-week residential component, and a six-week residential bridge component.
The academic year and non-bridge summer session will provide instruction in composition, foreign languages, literature, mathematics, and laboratory science. Individual and group counseling, tutoring, and classes in life skills will be provided. Supplemental activities in computer science, study skills, career exploration, multi-cultural awareness, and college cross disciplinary activities will provide additional opportunities to increase successful college entry. The instructional staff will work with the students from individualized learning plans that will be oriented around improving basic academic skills and attitudes. An educational growth of one year is expected to occur within the pre- and post-test intervals of a program year. The six week summer residential bridge program places program graduates into six hours of college coursework at Concord College.
Concord’s new Math & Science Upward Bound program will be directed by Darrell G. Taylor. Mr. Taylor grew up in Mingo County and graduated from Gilbert High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concord College and holds a Master’s in Counseling from Marshall University Graduate College. He is currently attending West Virginia University as a student in Educational Leadership working toward an Ed.D. He resides in Princeton with his wife Melinda and daughter Megan. Darrell has worked at Concord College for almost ten years; five with Student Residential Life and five with the classic Upward Bound program.
Taylor said, "I am excited about providing these type services to the high school students of southern West Virginia. I look forward to working with each of the communities in our target area to help their students enroll and succeed in college."
Russell Shrader from Princeton has been selected as the Math & Science Upward Bound counselor coordinator. Mr. Shrader graduated from Princeton High School, attained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Concord College and earned a Masters in Biological Sciences from Marshall University.
Shrader stated, "Concord has always held a special place in my heart, and I am thrilled to be working at the fine institution where I earned my bachelor’s degree."
Judy Sanders will be the program assistant for the new Math & Science Upward Bound. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Science from Bluefield State College. She is a licensed practical nurse and is a certified office assistant.
Sanders resides in Princeton with her husband Emmett, and her two daughters Lisa and Amy.
"I look forward to being an integral part of the academic preparation of students so they may realize college is an attainable goal," Sanders stated.
For more information about Concord College’s Math & Science Upward Bound Program call 1-304-384-6036.
Concord College Notes: TRIO programs are Federally funded by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO Programs help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.
Does TRIO work? An estimated 2 million TRIO students have graduated from college. And, students in programs like Upward Bound (a TRIO program) are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO.
Digital photos of Taylor, Shrader and Sanders