Jessica Doyle joins President Kunkel and Upward Bound students at St. Norbert for an afternoon.
Wisconsin’s first lady inspired by Upward Bound students during visit
A reception at the governor’s residence was next up for Jessica Doyle, and she was already thinking ahead to the evening’s conversation.
The lawyers and other professionals she would be meeting would soon be hearing about the potential contributions of her afternoon companions—high schoolers with college in their sights, despite circumstances that would typically challenge such ambitions.
Doyle, wife of the governor of Wisconsin, was spending the afternoon in a classroom in Cofrin Hall, where students in the Upward Bound program were sharing their aspirations with her. Their career goals—lawyer, small business owner, author, scientist, auto mechanic—meshed with the needs of the state for qualified and motivated individuals, she said, people who would be ready to turn challenges into opportunities. And the program that was giving them a leg-up towards making those goals a reality was a story more people should know about.
“We want everybody’s talents used to the maximum and we really need you all,” she said. “We’re known as a state where we want to give everybody an opportunity. Both Gov. Doyle and I think so much of St. Norbert and the Upward Bound program.”
The high school students were nearing the end of a six-week residential summer session that is just one component of the federally funded Upward Bound package. The pre-college program serves 67 students who meet federal low-income guidelines and/or are potential first generation college students.
Jessica Doyle’s visit followed a
stop at St. Norbert by Gov. Jim Doyle to promote the Wisconsin Covenant, an agreement launched in the fall of 2006 that will ensure that good high school students are guaranteed a spot in one of the colleges or universities in the state, private or public, and a financial aid package to make it affordable.
The St. Norbert Upward Bound program receives approximately $350,000 to provide the support and resources to help these students develop the skills and motivation necessary to pursue and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.
Upward Bound students benefit from:
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- tutoring at their high school every week.
- a five-week live-in summer session on the St. Norbert campus that includes a:
- week-long visit to another city.
- participation in cultural and social activities.
- exploration of a variety of career and educational opportunities and activities.
- college experience, obtained by living on campus and visiting other colleges.
- hands-on-experience in different careers through the work study program.
Upward Bound pledge
I am an Upward Bound student.
I have a brain.
I put it to work.
I have ears.
I listen to people.
I have a voice.
I can communicate.
I have an imagination.
I can create.
I have feelings.
I respect other people.
I have a plan.
I am going to college.