By KAITLYN CARVER
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A local student and Upward bound participant, Anya Walsh, is set to begin Appalachian State University in the fall after she graduates from Cherokee High School.
“Upward Bound provided the support to help me make it into a university,” Walsh said. “Their help has been immeasurable to me.”
Her time at Upward Bound prepared Anya for college by taking her to tour college campuses, providing college application workshops, and offering invaluable volunteer opportunities.
“Anya has grown so much since starting the Upward Bound program. We are excited to see just how successful she can be at Appalachian State,” said Annette Kesgen, Director of the Upward Bound program. “Getting to see our students feel a sense of accomplishment when they get accepted into college is what makes everything we do worth it.”
The Upward Bound program is a free college preparatory program that provides services like tutoring, college visits, and summer enrichment programs that are designed to encourage academic success in participating students from Swain, Jackson and Macon counties. They are accepting applications at this time from current eighth, ninth and tenth graders.
Info: Annette Kesgen, Upward Bound program, (828) 339-4281