Polk School District, Polk County College and Career Academy (PCCCA), and Kennesaw State University are joining forces to introduce “Upward Bound” to their roster of college aid/preparation programs.

High School students in grades 9 through 11 from low income families and those who could potentially be the first college graduates in their families are the primary demographic for Upward Bound, and a parent informational meeting is to be held on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the HON community room at the new Polk County College and Career Academy building in Cedartown.

“The meeting will last from 45 minutes to an hour,” said PCCCA staff member Kim Wilson. “The staff from Upward Bound will be presenting the information to parents.”

The program itself “will serve 60 students in Polk School District,” reads the official letter. “Selected students will participate in activities, which include, but are not limited to, tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment, financial assistance and academic workshops.”

Students will indulge in the classes on a monthly basis- sometimes on the weekend and during the summer- with the goal of being “prepared to transition into college and ultimately graduate with a college degree,” reads the letter.

Extra details will be shared at the meeting.

Students interested in the program must complete and return an interest form. Papers can be acquired from Wilson at PCCCA room 401 in Rockmart, and Cedartown students can grab an interest from Susan Zebeau in the school's front office.

 All parents and guardians are urged to attend if possible, and those with further questions can contact Zebeau at or (470)-296-2424. Wilson can be contacted at or (470)-296-2425.

Upward Bound accompanies programs like Dual Enrollment to help students get a jump start on higher education.

The class of 2017 saw 5 students graduate high school and college simultaneously thanks to Dual Enrollment, and now Upward Bound is working to ensure students have the skills they need to perform well once moving forward in education.