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Approximately 75 high school students from the Gadsden, Attalla and Etowah County school systems will be spending a portion of their summer at Gadsden State Community College participating in the Upward Bound Program. The program begins June 7 and will conclude July 16.

Upward Bound prepares underserved and first generation high school students for greater success in college and life through various instructional and enrichment courses during the year. Pat Rutledge, Upward Bound project director in Gadsden, said additional support will be provided for students who are at risk of academic failure. Students will reside at Fowler Residence Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State during the week and return home for the weekend.

Throughout the length of the program, assistance is provided to the students to help prepare them to excel when they return to the classroom in the fall. Tutorial programs are also offered including some remedial courses to help those who have had difficulty in passing portions of the high school graduation exam.

Some of the students will have the opportunity to participate in the Upward Bound Career Work Study Program designed to inform students about various careers within the college and the community. They may work up to ten hours per week and are paid by the U.S. Department of Education. It will begin June 14 and conclude August 13.

Upward Bound has also partnered with the USDA Summer Food Service Program again this year. The Food Program was created to make sure that children in lower income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months. While the program is underway, meals will be available at the Gadsden State cafeteria from 7:15 – 7:55 a.m. and from noon until 1:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of the summer class work, students will take a trip to a location that has yet to be determined. In the past, Upward Bound students have enjoyed trips to Washington D.C., New York and Canada. For more information, contact Pat Rutledge at (256) 549-8372 or


  1. catrina merrick says:

    Hello Ms. Ruthledge
    My name is Catrina Merrick and I am writing in regards to the Upward Bound Program. I have two daughters that I feel will greatly benefit from the program their names are Joyneice and Iriall Merrick both are students at Gadsden City High School. They will be a senior and junior respectivefuly this upcoming school term. I know times are tough and being a single mother of four who had to relocate from New Orleans during the storm I feel this would help them decide on what they want to persue in their future careers. I can be reached at (504)376-4584.

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