Highschoolers Climb Upward Bound

By KBJR News 1

June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 6:25 PM CDT

HIBBING, MN (Northland's Newscenter)---For many students the end of school means its time to kick back and soak up the sun.

But one group of high school students on the Iron Range is soaking up knowledge instead.

Fifty first generation college bound high schoolers from Hibbing, Cherry, Nashwauk Keewatin and Chisholm are working on college preparation for six weeks this summer.

Its part of the Climb Upward Bound program aimed at preparing high schoolers for the rigors of college life.

"You're still learning how to learn, and I think if we didn't have the summer, like you forget everything you learn over the summer, so you learn for six weeks over the summer, its helping us retain our knowledge because we are still in school mode," said a two year program participant, Lauren Siebert.

During the day live–in students attend class on the Hibbing Community Campus.

Each week it's a different subject ranging form foreign culture, to math and English.

This week students are learning about the Hindi culture and they actually got a hands on lesson in the ancient art of henna–tattooing.

"When we do the language and math part that supports them a lot for their next coming academic year," said Climb Upward Bound Tutor, Roopa Joshi. "When they do the foreign language classes that prepares them for the college to face the different diversities they are going to see in the different colleges. So I think this will make them all rounded."

Students live in Hibbing Community College dorms with resident advisers to make sure the students learn how to make a smooth transition to college life.

"Its made me a lot less nervous about moving into dorms at a college and being on a campus, because otherwise I wouldn't know what to expect and I kinda do now," said a four year program participant, Dane Getting.

The students will travel to Chicago in mid July during the 6th week of the program.

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch