PATERSON, NJ ­– 60 “motivated” Paterson high school students working towards being the first in their families to attend college recently completed Ramapo College’s Upward Bound program, Paterson Public Schools officials announced. The program came at no expense to the students.

“These students have spent a good part of their summer break working hard to prepare for success in college,” Superintendent Eileen Shafer said. “They have been immersed in rigorous classes and they’ve been living in a college environment. That is a tremendous help in demystifying what it’s like to be in college. Most importantly, our students have had a chance to prove to themselves that they can be successful if they choose to pursue higher education.”  

During the six week program designed to serve students who have the ability to go to college and are willing to put in the work required to get accepted and succeed in college, students lived at Ramapo College and took classes in mathematics, science and English Language Arts.