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BHSU hosts Upward Bound students

Black Hills State University hosted nearly 30 students from 15 schools throughout western South Dakota this summer as part of the six week Upward Bound Program.

This summer, nearly 30 students from 15 schools throughout western South Dakota had the opportunity stay six weeks on the Black Hills State University campus as part of the Upward Bound Program.

Upward Bound students were given a glimpse of what college life is like by attending classes, utilizing campus recreational facilities, and living in the residence halls. The primary focus, however, was to engage students in college preparatory activities such as academic enrichment course work and job shadowing experiences, says Michael Erz, academic coordinator for Upward Bound.

Students attended classes in science, math, language arts, and foreign languages that were designed to give them a head start for the upcoming school year. Students also listened to guest lecturers who were professionals in various fields or had the opportunity to job shadow other professionals. Students were then given the opportunity to research professions to look for connections between choosing a career path and how college can help achieve their goals.

The Upward Bound students who successfully completed the summer program were rewarded with a trip to Chicago, where they visited various attractions and explored regional post-secondary educational opportunities.

Upward Bound is a year-round, college preparatory program (TRIO) funded by Department of Education and hosted by Black Hills State University. For more information visit

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