Two local businesses recently showed support for Barton Community College’s Central Kansas Upward Bound program by donating grants to the cause. Midwest Energy donated $525 and Cox Communications donated $1,000. CKUB Project Director Patrick Busch said he hopes to secure more grants from local businesses soon.
The money from Midwest Energy was used to purchase a college preparation student manual from Cambridge Educational Services. The money from Cox is going to support extra-curricular activities in the evenings for the CKUB summer program. Classes will include Taekwondo, digital photography, cooking, ceramics and more.
CKUB provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree and/or the families meet income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary school and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary education institutions. For more information, visit CKUB.bartonccc.edu.