Upward Bound program at SUNY Fredonia receives United Way grant

SUNY Fredonia’s Upward Bound program has been awarded a $12,000 Community Investment Fund grant from the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County to expand college preparation workshops for qualified students in five area school districts.

The workshops, held each month on campus throughout the year, help prepare students to take the SAT and ACT and improve study skills and test-taking skills all with the goal of raising scores on the SAT and ACT. Growth of the program will allow Upward Bound Program staff, which includes director Loretta Slaton Torain, program coordinator Patricia Messina and academic coordinator Matthew Baetzhold, to offer additional student success workshops.

Some 100 students in Dunkirk, Brocton, Ripley, Silver Creek and Chautauqua Lake school districts are currently enrolled in the Upward Bound program.

Torain said the additional student success workshops are very important because of the weight that colleges assign to college prep test scores in their admissions process and the positive effect they have on a student’s ability to be successful in higher education. Eligibility for acceptance into Upward Bound includes being the first generation of a family to attend college, academic potential and desire to pursue higher education.

Founded in 1989, SUNY Fredonia’s Upward Bound program has received annual grants from the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County since 2010.