Pre-College Programs

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Pre-College Mission Statement
Central College Pre-College Programs, working as a collaborative professional team, is essential to the development of student participants. Through partnerships with the schools we serve and the Central College community, we empower students to recognize their potential, maximize their opportunities, and utilize their acquired skills for the purpose of attaining a post-secondary degree.

Through participation in the Central College Pre-College programs student participants will develop qualities of character which include:

  • respect for self and others
  • belief in self (self-confidence)
  • persistence
  • enthusiastic learning
  • responsible citizenship; participants are prepared to become contributing members of their family, community and world as consistent with Central College values of service and stewardship
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • self advocacy

Educational Talent Search

Learn about ETSEducational Talent Search is a federally funded program that encourages students to graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education. Students meet with ETS coordinators in group and individual sessions throughout the school year. Monthly participant workshops focus on success in high school, career awareness, college selection and financial assistance.


Upward Bound

Upward Bound helps low-income and/or first generation students from participating high schools develop the skills and motivation they need to successfully complete high school and enroll in andLearn about Upward Boundcomplete a program of postsecondary education. Participants receive direct instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science and foreign language during a 6-week summer residential program on Central College's campus. Additional support is provided through monthly academic curriculum during school visits, tutoring, Saturday workshops, cultural events and campus visits.