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21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program is designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for students, with an emphasis on students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The goal of the program is to reinforce and complement the skills students need for transitioning to high school, decreasing summer learning loss, increasing post-secondary enrollment and preparing for work-force success. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers provides after-school academic assistance, Saturday enrichment services and summer STEM programs. In addition, the program provides academic advising/coaching, career/college exploration, academic workshops, educational fieldtrips and other support services for students and parents. The centers are located at Cliffdale, Westover and Smith recreation centers. The Centers serve students in the 8th-12th grades who attend Douglas Byrd, Anne Chesnutt, Luther Nick Jeralds, and Westover middle schools as well as E.E. Smith, Westover, and Seventy-First high schools.

Educational Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program is a college preparatory program designed to provide academic support services to economically disadvantaged and/or first generation middle and high school students. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. The program provides academic support services through career awareness, college workshops and fieldtrips, and financial aid counseling. The program serves students in Cumberland (E.E. Smith High & Douglas Byrd High), Hoke (East Hoke Middle & Hoke High) and Robeson (Red Springs Middle and Red Springs High) Counties. ETS serves students in the 6th-12th grades.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

The GEAR UP (GU) Program is a college preparatory program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. The program provides early college preparation and awareness services through tutoring, mentoring, academic advising/counseling, career/college exploration, academic workshops and other support services for students, educators and parents. Schools currently participating in GEAR UP are Luther "Nick" Jeralds Middle, Westover Middle, and Anne Chesnutt Middle, E.E. Smith High, Westover High and Seventy-First High schools. GU currently serves student in the 8th-12th grades.

Upward Bound Classic

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is a college preparatory program designed to provide academic support services and educational opportunities to economically disadvantage and/or first generation high school students. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound provides Saturday Academy classes, college preparatory workshops, tutoring, academic counseling/mentoring, cultural enrichment activities, and college campus tours. The program serves students in Cumberland (E.E. Smith High & Westover High), Hoke (Hoke High) and Robeson (Lumberton High) Counties. UB serves students in the 9th-12th grades.

Upward Bound Math & Science

The Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) Program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of UBMS is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.  UBMS provides Saturday Academy classes and summer programs with intensive math and science training; counseling and advisement; exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences and participant-conduct scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.  The program serves students in Cumberland (Douglas Byrd and Westover High) and Robeson (Lumberton) Counties.   UBMS serves students in the 9th-12th grades.   



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