Rowan University at Camden

Upward Bound for English Language Learners (ELLs) at
Rowan University at Camden

Program Overview

The Upward Bound for ELLs Program 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. The goal of Upward Bound for ELLs is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


The Upward Bound for ELLs at Rowan at Camden is unique in that it specifically serves English Language Learners in the Camden high schools that come from low-income families and are first generation college bound. Recognizing the need for these students to enhance both their content knowledge and language proficiency, the academic courses offered through Upward Bound for ELLs use content-based instruction approach, which focuses on English language acquisition while providing much needed content knowledge.

Upward Bound for ELLs is a federally funded TRIO Program. For more information about TRIO Programs go to U.S. DOE TRIO Home Page


Services and Programs provided through Upward Bound for ELLs:

Academic Year:
• After school homework and tutoring program
• In-class tutoring support
• Saturday academic classes at the Rowan at Camden campus in computers, art, science, math, English, and Spanish
• Leadership training activities
• Cultural field trips
• Bilingual mentors
• Counseling and academic advisement
• College preparation and financial aid workshops
• Social activities

Summer:
• Six-week intensive program
• Daily classes at the Rowan at Camden campus in computers, art, science, math, English, and Spanish
• Field trips to the environmental center for outdoor activities and science classes
• Cultural field trips
• Social activities
• Health and fitness activities
• One week residential program at the Rowan University Glassboro campus
• Overnight camping trips

 

Requirements for participation in the program:

Students must be in grades 9 or 10 to begin the program (students remain in the program through the third semester of postsecondary education).
• Participation in the bilingual and/or ESL program at high school in attendance
• Minimum GPA of 2.0
• Teacher recommendations
• Low-income and/or first generation college bound
• Desire to pursue higher education
• Dedication to personal and academic growth

For more information contact:
Margarita Olivencia
Coordinator, Upward Bound for ELLs
Rowan University at Camden
Olivencia@rowan.edu
856-756-5400


Frequently Asked Questions:

What population does Upward Bound for ELLs serve?

The Rowan at Camden Upward Bound for ELLs serves English Language Learners in Camden City. We recruit students as rising 9th graders (participation can begin the summer between 8th and 9th grade), 9th graders, and 10th graders. We cannot recruit new students after tenth grade.

For how long do you work with these students?

We are committed to working with our participating students through high school and into the third semester of college.

Do you work with students outside of Camden City?

Our grant stipulates that we work only with students in the Camden City schools – these can be the public schools, charter schools, or magnet schools. However, students who begin the Upward Bound program while in a Camden City school and transfer to a school outside of Camden will continue participating in the program.

What are the requirements for being accepted into Upward Bound?

In order to participate in Upward Bound for ELLs, students must:
• Be in grades 9 or 10 to begin the program (or rising 9th graders to begin the summer program between 8th and 9th grade).
• Be currently participating in the bilingual and/or ESL program at high school in attendance
• Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
• Provide the requisite teacher recommendations
• Meet low-income requirements and/or are first generation college bound
• Have a desire to pursue higher education
• Maintain dedication to personal and academic growth

Is there a financial fee for participating in this program?

No. This program and all of its services and programs are completely free to the student. The program is funded by a United States Department of Education TRIO Grant.

I have a student I think would be great for this program. How do I get them involved?

You can contact Margie Olivencia, Upward Bound for ELLs Coordinator, at Olivencia@rowan.edu or
856-361-2900.