Snead State Prepares for the TRIO Upward Bound Summer Academy


Some might consider it summer school, but this version held at Snead State Community College has a unique twist.

“Splish Splash….Summer Bash, Splash into an Educational Summer” is the theme of Snead State Community College’s TRIO Upward Bound Summer Academy Program for 2018. 

“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 the TRIO Upward Bound Program. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students in our area, and many of the students will experience opportunities they never would have if not for the TRIO Upward Bound Program.”

The Summer Academy combines classroom instruction with learning opportunities outside of the classroom. The program runs June 17-July 27 on the Boaz campus.
“The program guides first-generation college students to a path of postsecondary possibilities and sets them on the right track, building their confidence academically as well as professionally through the classes and trips the program sponsors,” Smith said. “The program has a high success rate of students enrolling in college and finishing with a degree.”
Students from Asbury, Boaz, Brindlee Mountain, DAR, and Douglas High Schools who will enter grades 9-11 in the fall 2018 are eligible to participate in the program. This year’s 2018 Summer Academy focuses on introducing local high school students to the possibility of going to college by exposing them to a college atmosphere. 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. The students will also prepare for the 2018-2019 academic year through scheduled classes. 

“Students not only enhance their academic skills, but they also build bonds with their fellow program participants through social and recreational events,” said Ms. Smith.

During the six weeks, students take classes in several subjects, including math, English, science, Spanish, and computer science. The students will also attend nightly tutoring sessions, along with a six-week project that reflects the students’ personality. Students will also spend one day on campus completing a community service project to help encourage them to be active in their community. 

When students are not in class, they will take part in afternoon workshops that cover topics such as financial literacy, classroom etiquette, personal hygiene, journaling, car care, basic tool safety, ACT prep, CD design, chalk art, drinking and driving, canvas painting, jewelry making, and tie-dye T-shirts. Students will also experience a night of Chinese culture. Other events include a Movie Night, sports activities and an afternoon of Splish Splash complete with a water slide and a cookout. The students will tour Berry College, Athens State University and University of Tennessee Chattanooga along with the Tennessee Aquarium and Escape. 

The program will end with a bus trip to the Smoky Mountains where they will visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Dollywood & Splash Country, Pigeon Forge Snow, and NASCAR-Speedpark. 
“The Snead State TRIO Upward Bound Program staff has spent several months preparing for the 2018 Summer Academy, and we hope that 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 works with students throughout the school year, offering tutoring and academic advising in the high school and workshops that focus on cultural and academic enrichment. Each academic year, students tour a university and participate in a cultural event once a semester.

Space is limited for the 2018 Summer Academy. Students in grades 8-11, who 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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