Project Upward Bound

120 Vandenberg Hall
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , Michigan 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3218
Fax: (248) 370-3217

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours on select Saturdays (see schedule) or call for an appointment

Career Enrichment

Career Enrichment

Given PUB’s mission, the ultimate end goal is that PUB alumni earn a postsecondary degree and move into a productive career.  Although that career may be several years away, high school is not too early to begin practicing skills and developing habits that will enhance PUB alumni’s ability to attract potential employers.  These are some of the ways in which PUB provides career enrichment.

Career Exploration 

  • Each PUB Scholar takes the Careers Occupational Preference Survey (COPS) and receives a printout of potential career options that are a good fit for his/her characteristics.
  • In College Seminar, Scholar’s select 3 primary career options and research the majors that support them.  Then they identify realistic options for postsecondary institutions with the majors, environmental factors, and financial structure that best suit them.

College/Career Day, Motivational Speakers, Role Models 

  • Each February, PUB hosts a day in which Scholars are immersed in career-related activities. Sometimes it’s an alumni panel.  Other times it’s a field trip.  Yet other times it has been an interesting experiential learning exercise or a series of workshops in conference format.
  • On Summer Academy Sunday evenings during Dorm Meeting, motivational speakers address the student body with encouraging presentations about their life’s experiences and how they overcame barriers to achieve success.
  • Assuring that we are engaging positive role models is integral to selecting PUB Team members.  Summer Scholars often maintain long term relationships with their Peer Mentors and Head Resident.  By doing so, they remain encouraged to persist in high school and college.

Leadership Development Opportunities 

  • One-week PUB Leadership Development Institute every summer
  • PUB Club Officers at each school
  • Summer Academy Student Council
  • MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit every February
  • EOA Women in STEM Conference every May
  • EOA Men of Excellence Conference every June
  • COE National Student Leadership Congress every June

OU Day at the Capitol

  • PUB Scholars get an opportunity to network with University Congress, the governing body of students at OU.
  • PUB Scholars get an opportunity to ask questions of and network with members of a legislative panel of OU alumni who work in state government.
  • PUB Scholars receive the honors of being recognized from the floor of the House and/or Senate.PUB Scholars receive the honors of being recognized from the floor of the House and/or Senate.

Public Address Skills 

  • Scholars who attend Summer Academy participate in two group stage performances
  • Scholars develop a PowerPoint slide show in College Seminar and deliver it as an oral presentation to peers and parents.
  • Seniors develop and deliver oral presentations to peers, parents, school officials, and sometimes legislators annually at PUB graduation