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High school students develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in college at Florence-Darlington Tech's Upward Bound summer session.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence-Darlington Technical College’s federally funded Upward Bound program recently began its summer session for area high school students.

Upward Bound helps high school students develop the skills and overall confidence needed to succeed in a two-year or four-year institution. Students from public high schools in Darlington, Florence and Marion counties began the academic portion of Upward Bound in January. That session was held on Saturdays through May.

During the summer, students spend four days per week at Florence-Darlington Tech with teachers in academic areas of mathematics, science, foreign language and reading and writing. The summer session at FDTC will last for four weeks. FDTC’s Upward Bound students will then have a one-week residential program at Francis Marion University, followed by a one-week trip.

“It has been a joy,” said Toni Williams, the Upward Bound project director. “I have really enjoyed this program. I have enjoyed the students. They are here willing to learn and are willing to apply and tour these different colleges.”

Upward Bound at FDTC is a program for first-generation college-bound high school students and income or academically challenged students.

“The criteria to be in Upward Bound, you have to be a first-generation college student, meet the federal financial guidelines or need assistance in an academic area,” Williams said.

Visit for more information on Upward Bound at FDTC.

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