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Alaura Stockbauer is a high school student from El-Dorado Springs Missouri. She's also a senior.. and to her, the thought of going to college is a scary one.
That's where the upward bound program comes in. 

Stockbauer: "This program definitely does make the thought of going to college way less scary."

Over 200 high schoolers just like Stockbauer moved into the dorm rooms at Crowder College today. 
They will be spending the next 5 weeks in the upward bound college prep academy.

Wade Williams, Upward Bound Program Director:"They're gonna be taking math, science, English, foreign language, hands on research classes..whatever they're gonna be taking the next school year at their high schools their gonna be taking here so that once they return in the fall they'll know what to expect in those classes and be ahead of the game."

Wade Williams says the program is available for kids from low income families -- and first generation college students -- so they have a better experience when they take that next step.

Williams:"It's just a program that's here to kind of fill in the gaps of that support and resources that they need that maybe their parents hadn't been to college so maybe they need help getting there. So we're just here to help fill those gaps."

The chance to take that next step -- and see what college is like -- Is something Stockbauer says she's grateful for.

Stockbauer: "Having this chance to go to college means the world to me because my family didn't get to do it in the past. So being more prepared means that i have a lot more things that I could do and that is amazing to me because a lot of people don't get this opportunity."

Students that pass their classes this summer will get to spend a week in Pensacola, Florida at the end of the program.

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