Weatherford College Upward Bound Program students recently attended the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Student Leadership Conference in Hawkins, Texas.
Representing WC were Gordon High School students Perla Hernandez, Tommy Kelleher and Lucas Ringo, Springtown High School student Marisol Soto and Weatherford College Upward Bound Director Jeff Kahlden. This was the sixth year for WC Upward Bound students to attend the event.
“Year in and year out, I always see the growth in leadership in the Upward Bound students after they attend an event like SWASAP Student Leadership Conference,” Kahlden said. “The students need more than academics to be ready for college, and I feel that events like this only sharpen our students’ skills.”
Students ranging in ages from 15 to 35 were able to interact with each other throughout the weekend in various leadership learning activities. In addition to the programming, students had an opportunity to listen to guest speakers about branding, improving their self-image and understanding their leadership profiles.
“To meet other students like myself from other TRIO programs is a fun experience,” Perla Hernandez said. “We learn about our leadership skills and make connections with people that are similar to me. It helps me be a better leader by making those connections that may help me later on.”
The conference also awarded more than $9,000 in scholarship checks and educational technology products.
The WC Upward Bound program is a part of the federally funded TRIO programs that prepare high school students for college. Students in the program are first generation, college potential students who must meet certain income guidelines and attend one of five target high schools in the area. The target schools for Weatherford College are Gordon, Graford, Springtown, Mineral Wells and Millsap high schools.
For more information about Upward Bound at WC, contact Jeff Kahlden at 817-598-6485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.