Since 1967, Lyon College has offered an Upward Bound program, serving high school students in north-central Arkansas. The goal of this program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Education, has been to increase the number of high school graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds who enter college and persist to become college graduates.
The APPLE (Accelerated Program of Personalized Learning and Enrichment) Project Upward Bound program works with eligible high school students who have the academic potential and the desire to succeed in postsecondary education. APPLE UB serves students from its target high schools in four counties: Batesville, Cedar Ridge, Midland, and Southside in Independence County; Newport and Tuckerman in Jackson County; Cave City in Sharp County; and Mountain View in Stone County.
APPLE UB students make a long-term commitment (from their 9th grade year through their summer of graduation from high school) to weekly school-year attendance for tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment and to the six-week summer program of college-preparatory and college-credit classes.
Through a 24-week Academic Session, a 6-week Residential Summer Session, and a Bridge Component for a select group of its most recent high school graduates, APPLE UB offers college-credit and college preparatory courses; academic tutoring; learning skills development; academic advising; personal mentoring; cultural, social, and recreational enrichment; and an academic climate aimed at strengthening the students' sense of well-being and security within a postsecondary environment.
"I am truly delighted that Lyon's APPLE program has received funding for another five years. APPLE has been an important part of Lyon's educational service to this community and to education in general," said Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman. "The opportunity it provides the students who take part in the program are the kinds of opportunities we want for all the young people in our community. We truly appreciate the hard work that Jeanette Youngblood, Project Director, and her staff put into the grant and all the wonderful things they do for the students."
"Let it be said that your program is a valued one on this campus and that Lyon College is proud to serve as the host for this valuable service to the young people of the area in and around Batesville," says Dr. Bruce Johnston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.
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