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Campus emergency siren test to be conducted Dec. 19

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard online at https://emergency.appstate.edu/siren-warning-system. Appalachian uses the hi/low tone for emergencies, discontinuous air horn for tests of the system and the alert tone for all-clear signal. For more information about the university’s AppState ALERT voice/text/email notification system, visit https://emergency.appstate.edu. Campus siren tests are normally conducted on the first Wednesday of each month. Scheduled dates for Appalachian’s upcoming tests are Jan. 2 and Feb. 6, 2019.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Upward Bound program:

Q: What is Upward Bound?

A: Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs division, qualifying participants come from families who meet federal income guidelines, or are first-generation college students.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Participants must attend Alleghany County, Ashe County, Avery County, Freedom, Watauga County, or West Wilkes High Schools and be in 9th or 10th grade at time of application. Students must demonstrate the desire to attend college, and be the first generation in his/her family to go to college and/or come from a modest-income household. Students must also have academic needs as determined by an Upward Bound Academic Coordinator.

You may qualify for Upward Bound if you would be the first person in your family to attend college or if your family income is at or below these appropriate figures. 

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Q: How much does it cost to join Upward Bound?

A: All services provided to Upward Bound students, including the six-week summer programs, trips, and tutoring services, are provided free of charge.

Q: When and how are new participants selected?

A: The Upward Bound application process takes place each fall semester. Applicants are often referred by school guidance counselors, but they may also refer themselves. Those interested in applying must first fill out an application (please see Prospective Students). If selected from this pool, applicants will go through an interview process.

Q: Which high schools are served by Upward Bound at Appalachian State University?

A: Upward Bound at Appalachian State University serves Alleghany High school, Ashe County High School, Avery High School, Freedom High School, Watauga High School, and West Wilkes High School.

Q: What is expected of Upward Bound participants throughout the year?

A: Upward Bound students must participate in multiple weekend academies on Appalachian State Univeristy's campus throughout the school year. Also, students are required to stay on campus to participate in the six-week summer program, but they may spend weekends at home. The commitment to Upward Bound is from the time a students enters the program until he/she graduates high school.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us.