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Thursday, July 31, 2014

ACC Upward Bound Recognizes Student Excellence

ACC Upward Bound Recognizes Student Excellence

Marco Garcia was in high school and had no real goals for his future.

 The Alvin High School student said he was in serious need of direction when he discovered the Alvin Community College Upward Bound program.

 “I didn’t believe in myself until I came to Upward Bound,” he said.

Garcia was the keynote speaker at the program’s annual award dinner on July 29. Upward Bound taught him important skills for college like study methods, instilling discipline, class preparation and more.

 “I felt like I was at home,” he said. “Everyone was happy to see me. They came to me with open arms.”

 This spring Garcia graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in criminal justice.

 “I would not be the man I am today without the staff at Upward Bound,” he said. “They know what they are doing. They know exactly what you need to do to get you were you want to go.”

 Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.

The federally-funded program is created by the Department of Education and works with Alvin High School students.

Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.

 “They work hard,” said director Regan Metoyer. “They set goals for their future and they achieve those goals.”

 Since the program began in 2004, 115 students have graduated from Upward Bound.


Students recognized for the 2013-14 school year are:


2014 Volunteer of the Year

Sheyla Mendez


2014 Rising Star

Cody Gutierrez


2014 Spirit of Upward Bound

Shawn Keene


2014 Leadership Award

Emerald Hooper


2014 Ms. Manners Award

Adriana Guzman


2014 Mr. Manners Award

Vincent Naranjo


2014 Field Day Mandarin Award

Mario Padilla


2014 Field Day Mandarin Award

Kynnedy Flannel

2014 Graduate of the Year

Troy Jackson


2014 Student of the Year

Ryan Easton


2014 Teachers of the Year

Scott Powell

Irma Garcia

Campus Events Calendar

«November 2015»

November 9, 2015

The Art Department will host the annual Student Art Show on November 9 at the Fine Arts Gallery. There will be student works on display and for sale including drawings, paintings, ceramics and more. For more information call 281-756-3605.
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November 11, 2015

ACC will host a Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 at 12 p.m. at the Memorial Wall. Following the ceremony there will be a dedication at 12:30 p.m. for the new Veterans Center in G Building.

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November 17, 2015

On November 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ACC will bring representatives from several universities for the annual University Day event. Students will visit with recruiters to get information on how to transfer once they finish at ACC.

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November 19, 2015

The ACC Board of Regents will have their regular meeting on November 19 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3600.
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November 20, 2015

The Foundation’s Gala on November 20 will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Manvel. All proceeds directly benefit ACC students and staff members. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information call 281-756-3600 or speak to Wendy Del Bello.

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11/25/2015 - 11/27/2015

November 25-27, 2015

ACC offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 25-27. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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12/5/2015 - 12/12/2015

December 5-12, 2015

Performances of the Drama Department’s The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) will run from December 5-12. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the ACC Theatre. The December 6 performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at

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