Dept. of Ed. Celebrates Berea College Upward Bound Alum
The U.S. Department of Education is celebrating 50 years of Federal TRIO programs this year, and today’s story highlights an alumnus from Berea College’s Upward Bound program!
“I was attending high school in Berea when I was approached by Upward Bound officials to attend this special program called “Berea College Upward Bound.” In the two years I attended the Berea UB (1989-1990), I participated in so many activities and adventures that prepared me for my life. That fact that I am legally blind with an eyesight of 0/2400 gave me little self-confidence, but learning technology, self-defense, social skills, and leadership gave me the courage and direction I needed.
I am indebted to the Berea College Upward Bound Program with some of my favorite memories and life’s-lessons coming from this two-year adventure. I am now a Christian children’s minister, graduate of Ashford University with a BA in Early Childhood Education and a MA in Organizational Management, and now I can say I am a Christian book author. I use leadership skills every day to lead our newest generation and I am well respected among my friends and peers. I am in charge of my church’s Sunday school department and in charge of seasonal events with high expectations of being my church organization’s Sectional Sunday school director. In my book entitled “In a Baby’s Eye,” I speak kindly and honorably about some of my experiences with UB and what I learned through this program. Even after 24 years of being out of UB, I still communicate with former UB associates. “
For more about the history of TRIO, go here.
To find out more about Berea College’s Upward Bound Math and Science program, go here.
Congratulations to Chris, a great representative of Berea and Upward Bound!