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Russell, Casey SCC Upward Bound students visit New York City

Cultural and education tour has many stops
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By Allison Horseman and Cindy Clouse

News from Somerset Community College (SCC)

Somerset, Ky. - Students from Russell and Casey Counties who are enrolled in the Somerset Community College (SCC) Upward Bound program recently visited New York City as part of the program's cultural enrichment component.

Upward Bound is a federally-funded grant program that provides support to high school students in their preparation for college. Typically, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of the program is to encourage college completion.


Students enrolled in the SCC Upward Bound program attend classes of all types throughout the school year, but the bulk of their instruction comes each summer. This year, SCC served students from Russell and Casey Counties through Upward Bound. Their work culminated with a trip to New York City. While there, students were treated to educational and cultural experiences, all free of charge. Among the places they visited were:
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • One World Observatory
  • Battery Park
  • Wall Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • Circle Line Cruise
  • STOMP off Broadway
  • Wicked on Broadway
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Washington Square Park
  • New York University Production and Design Department
The New York trip came at the end of the summer program, during which students participated in academic instruction and elective classes, said Upward Bound Director Stephanie Likins.

"I am so proud of this group of students," Likins said. "We had an amazing trip to New York and our students were commended for their outlook, positivity and behavior. Many of these students may not have been able to travel to a city like New York without funding from the Upward Bound program. Being with them as they experienced new sights, sounds and possibilities was unforgettable."

In addition to the summer trip, SCC Upward Bound students also toured the Kentucky State Capitol and met with Rep. John "Bam" Carney; participated in community service projects including clean up days at the Star Theater in Russell Springs, the Russell County Public Library, and for Operation Christmas Child; had a one-week stay on the University of Kentucky campus; participated in the annual Kentucky Upward Bound Rally Day at Kentucky State University; toured Union College; were given a "behind the scenes" tour of SomerSplash Waterpark; and attended a banquet to celebrate their accomplishments throughout the academic year and summer program.

Three students from this group also participated in SCC's Summer Bridge Program, allowing them to receive two free college classes through SCC this summer, with fees and books included.

In 2017-2018, SCC Upward Bound will again be serving Casey County students already enrolled in the program, and new and returning students from Russell, Clinton and Wayne Counties. In addition, a new SCC Upward Bound program will begin in Pulaski County in September and will serve Pulaski County High School, Southwestern High School and Somerset High School students. A limited number of spots is available for each county. For more information, contact Likins at 270-858-6509 or Stephanie.likins@kctcs.edu.

2016-2017 SCC Upward Bound students and SCC staff on the trip in New York City: Morgan Mercer (Casey). Lacey Elliott (Casey); Emily Frazier (Casey); Astralla Godbey (Casey); Makayla Cravens (Casey); Pacey Aaron (Russell). Devon McFee (Russell); Elizabeth Frazier (Casey); Haley Whittle (Russell); Courtney Farris (Russell); Payton Pearson (Russell); Austin Sullivan (Russell); Deanna Curvin (Russell). Destiny Grider (Russell); Taylor Beicher (Russell); Ashley Stargle (Casey); Makaleigh Hornback (Russell); Lillie Stephens (Russell); Evan Bray (Russell); Stephanie Likins, Director. Eric Angel (Russell); Emily Newton (Casey); Shyanne Clark (Russell); Pheleisha Leedom (Casey); Madison Zaborowsky (Casey); Brittany Emerson, Administrative Assistant. Melanie Jones, Volunteer Staff; Kassidy Johnson (Russell); Elizabeth Smith (Russell); Brianna Franklin (Russell); Christy Antle, Staff, Matthew Savage, Staff; Keila Sullivan, Education Specialist; Shanna Ragle, Staff; Leslie Brown, Staff.

Somerset Community College is part of The Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey and Russell Counties. KCTCS is Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.


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Casey, Russell SCC Upward Bound students in NYC



2017-08-24 - New York City - Photo Somerset Community College photo. 2016-2017 SCC Upward Bound students in New York City. Front row, from left: Morgan Mercer (Casey). Second row: Lacey Elliott (Casey); Emily Frazier (Casey); Astralla Godbey (Casey); Makayla Cravens (Casey); Pacey Aaron (Russell). Third row: Devon McFee (Russell); Elizabeth Frazier (Casey); Haley Whittle (Russell); Courtney Farris (Russell); Payton Pearson (Russell); Austin Sullivan (Russell); Deanna Curvin (Russell). Fourth row: Destiny Grider (Russell); Taylor Beicher (Russell); Ashley Stargle (Casey); Makaleigh Hornback (Russell); Lillie Stephens (Russell); Evan Bray (Russell); Stephanie Likins, Director. Fifth row, Eric Angel (Russell); Emily Newton (Casey); Shyanne Clark (Russell); Pheleisha Leedom (Casey); Madison Zaborowsky (Casey); Brittany Emerson, Administrative Assistant. Sixth row: Melanie Jones, Volunteer Staff; Kassidy Johnson (Russell); Elizabeth Smith (Russell); Brianna Franklin (Russell); Christy Antle, Staff, Seventh row: Matthew Savage, Staff; Keila Sullivan, Education Specialist; Shanna Ragle, Staff; Leslie Brown, Staff.
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