During our summer program our participants live on Simpson College’s campus for six weeks and receive instruction in core classes (Literature and Composition, Math, Science and a Foreign Language) from local high school teachers. We recruit some of the BEST teachers in the area that know how to make learning fun. They will also take enrichment courses and enjoy a variety of activities in the afternoons and evenings.We also have tutor mentors residing in the residence halls to advise and encourage our students. At the end of the six week summer program, we take a three to five day cultural trip. Not only do our students get a glimpse of college life, but they are strengthening their academic and study skills at the same time.
Summer Cultural Trip
The end of the summer trip or cultural trip is our participants reward for all the hard work they have put into strengthening their academic and study skills. Our cultural trips have included such cities and sites as: Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Lake of the Ozarks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Dallas. On these trips we visited museums, zoos, professional sporting events, historical landmarks, amusement parks, local colleges and for souvenirs, shopping centers.
Summer Bridge Program
The Bridge program signifies a completion of the Upward Bound program. During the summer program, seniors are brought onto the Simpson College campus to experience a taste of college life. They are able to enroll in college courses and participate in a work-study in their chosen career field. The students will be able to participate in various cultural activities and events, along with other special projects designed only for their group. We hope at the end of the program that the Bridge students will have an enriching experience and be better prepared for success in college.