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Castleton Upward Bound receives Hills and Hollows grant

Grant supports high school students in pursuit of higher education

CASTLETON—The Castleton Upward Bound program recently won a $3,000 grant from the Hills and Hollows of the Vermont Community Foundation to provide online tutoring services to high school students for the 2015-16 academic year.

Participants will be able to access via the web, a tablet or smart phone to connect with a live, real-time tutor 24/7 for help in many high school courses, including advanced courses such as physics, calculus and Advanced Placement English.

This resource will help prepare students for college-level courses as well as boosting scholarship eligibility. The goal of the program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college through a six-week residential program with an academic year component.

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program at Castleton that offers challenging pre-college experiences to students from Fair Haven Union High School, Mill River Union High School, Poultney High School, Rutland High School and West Rutland High School.

Castleton Upward Bound, established in 2003, has served more than 200 local high school students. Since its inception 75 percent of Castleton Upward Bound students have enrolled in college immediately following high school graduation, compared to just 35 percent of low-income Vermont high school graduates.

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