Snead State Prepares for the 2019 TRiO Upward Bound Summer Academy Program


One might call it summer school but with a unique twist. The Summer Academy offered Snead State Community College’s TRiO Upward Bound Program provides high school students with an inside look of what college is like.

“This is a six-week intensive program that gives participants an excellent model of life on a college campus,” said TRiO Programs Director Marie Smith. “All expenses are paid for by our TRiO Upward Bound Program. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students in our area, and many of them will experience opportunities they never would have if not for the TRiO Upward Bound Program.”

The theme of this year’s Summer Academy, which runs from June 16-July 26, is “Around the World in 30 days with TRiO Upward Bound.” The program combines classroom instruction with learning opportunities outside of the classroom. 

“The program guides first-generation college students to a path of post-secondary possibilities and sets them on the right track, building their confidence academically as well as professionally through the classes and trips we sponsor,” Mrs. Smith said. “The program has a high success rate of the students enrolling in college and finishing with a degree.”

This Summer Academy focuses on introducing local high school students to the possibility of going to college by preparing them for the college atmosphere. Students from Asbury, Boaz, Brindlee Mountain, DAR, and Douglas High Schools who will enter grades 9-11 in the fall 2019 are able to participate in the program. The academy will focus on the students and preparing them for the upcoming high school year while encouraging them to continue their education after graduation.

“Students not only enhance their academic skills, but they also build bonds with their fellow program participants through social and recreational events,” said Mrs. Smith.  Through various events and living in the dorms on the campus of Snead State Community College, students will gain the full experience of campus life.

During the six weeks, students take classes in several subjects, including math, English, science, Spanish, and computer science. When students are not in class, they will take part in afternoon workshops that cover topics such as financial literacy, classroom etiquette, backpack bling, rock painting, destructive decisions, canvas painting, and tie-dye t-shirts. In addition, students will experience a different country each night to learn about the different languages and cultures of these countries. Students will have the opportunity twice a week to experience Movie Night or sports during their stay. The students will tour Shorter University and visit the Amish in Tennessee to learn the way of the Amish life. In addition, students will go to Montgomery for “A Day in the Heritage of Alabama” and visit The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. 
The program will end with a bus trip to the Smoky Mountains where they will visit Pirates Voyage, Top Jump & Virtual Reality, Dollywood & Splash Country, NASCAR-Speedpark, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, and Outbreak. 

“The Snead State TRiO Upward Bound Program staff has spent several months preparing for the 2019 Summer Academy, and we hope it is the best one yet,” said Ms. Smith. “We want the students to gain a multitude of knowledge from this experience. The types of workshops and educational preparatory classes the students will experience will enrich them to become well-rounded students and, in the end, be better citizens in our community.”

The TRIO Upward Bound Program also works with students throughout the school year, offering tutoring and academic advising twice a week in the high school in addition to workshops twice a month that focus on cultural and academic enrichment. Students also tour a university and participate in a cultural event once a semester.

Space is limited for the 2019 Summer Academy. If you are a student in grades 8-11, attend Asbury, Boaz, Brindlee Mountain, DAR, or Douglas High School, and are interested in participating in the Summer Academy Program, please call (256) 840-4190 or e-mail Marie Smith at

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