Simpson University Upward Bound Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

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“The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

-Bradley Ramsey, Simpson University Upward Bound participant

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University Upward Bound program participant Bradley Ramsey, a senior at Anderson Union High School, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to one of the nation’s top-ranked universities.

Bradley was selected out of a national applicant pool of more than 18,500 students for a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

After a rigorous application process, students rank up to their top 12 colleges before learning if they are selected as finalists. This year about 6,000 students were selected as finalists and began submitting supplemental material to their respective college choices. Student…

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Why going to college and earning a Bachelor’s degree is a good idea, Part II

In my first post, I discussed some of the return on investment that an individual receives when they complete a Bachelor’s degree versus those individuals that have stopped their education at the point of completing a high school diploma. We saw some quick stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics about earning potential based on education level. In this post we are going to take a quick look at how those that have earned a Bachelor’s degree tend to be more employable than those with just a High School diploma. See the image below comparing employment stats of college graduates versus high school graduates. What we find is that both in good times economically and bad times, a college education is worth it.

According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and statistics, the unemployment rate in 2019 for college graduates was 2.2% and in comparison to individuals with only a high school diploma 3.7%. Both figures indicate some of the lowest unemployment figures seen in history. However those with a college education fairing even better as time goes on. In good times and bad times, a college education proves to hold its value. Just as college graduates were able to gain back employment during the 2009 recession, a similar pattern was found during the COVID-19 national and regional shutdowns in 2020 when many individuals lost employment across the nation. According to Pew Research Center, in May of 2020 the unemployment rate shot up to 13.3% and was even at 14.3% for women. However, those with a college education still maintained employment far better than those that did not have a Bachelor’s degree to stand on. “The unemployment rate in May was lowest among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher education (7.2%), the only group among those examined not to experience an unemployment rate in the double digits” – Pew Research Center. And in a lot of ways maintaining employment during COVID benefited workers based on the type of employment. Many Bachelor’s degree holders were able to maintain employment because they were able to telework.

Why going to college and earning a Bachelor’s degree is a very good idea, Part 1

Never before has going to college and earning a Bachelor’s degree been a better deal. Individuals that earn a Bachelor’s degree are more likely than ever before to find gainful employment, get paid more than their high school diploma peers and keep their employment during economic downturns. And especially in California college is cheaper than ever before thanks to programs like the CA Promise grant, Cal Grant, and the federal Pell grant. If you are a low income or first generation student, programs like these and others at Cal State and University of California campuses can make going to college an extremely cost effective investment. And according to the U.S bureau of labor and statistics, the earning power of a Bachelors degree holder is continually getting stronger. In this first post on this topic we take a look at some stats that show earnings of individuals that hold a Bachelor’s degree vs those that hold a high school diploma. These stats compare the median earnings by weekly earnings in 2018 and annual earnings in 2019. And you can see a pretty significant difference in these metrics. If we were to compare the average earnings of individuals these numbers would be even more drastically different because of the potential of earning a Bachelor’s degree is even greater than what is shown here. But this graphic below gives you a pretty good idea of how most individuals experience this gap in wages. In future posts we will look at how COVID impacted these numbers as well as how unemployment fairs with and without the affects of the pandemic and economic downturns.

Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

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REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes…

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College Enrollment Resources and Information

Shasta College Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020


Cal State University System Enrollment and Registration Fall 2020

  1. Cal State Apply application for admission
  2. Ensure your FAFSA has been completed correctly and that the CSU campus you selected received your award information.
  3. Review Financial Aid Award Letters and Acceptance Letters
  4. Request Transcripts to be sent to campuses from AHS counselors
  5. Create your CSU student portal account with specific campus
  6. Check with your specific campus location for information on next steps for enrollment and registration

Online Workshops for Students

Upcoming Workshops…

“Why my second attempt at school was successful” – Vanessa Long
Thursday May 14th at 12:00 PM


Recordings from Past Workshops…

“Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter” – Brad Williams College Options
Thursday May 7th at 11:30 AM


Advisor’s Zoom Recordings:
College Admissions Changes and Upward Bound Summer Program Update:


Shasta College Transfer Center’s TAG Program Presentation
When: Thursday April 2, 2020 at 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Who: Daniel Valdiva, Shasta College Counselor




COVID-19 Information Update

Upward Bound Statement of continuing services:
Due to the spread of the coronavirus AUHSD has taken the following measures to close school until April 14th. During this time students are encouraged to participate in academic enrichment activities provided by their teachers and TRIO advisors. Therefore, Upward Bound at AHS will be offering online enrichment activities as well as other services that can be delivered remotely. Below is a list of the services and resources that Upward Bound will be providing to student participants at Anderson High School.
  • Tutoring,
  • College and Career Advising,
  • Chromebook checkout (contact advisor for details),
  • Online Workshops
Closure Stipend Policy:
During the mandated school closure due to the spread of COVID-19, Upward Bound Simpson at AHS will still provide an opportunity for students to earn their monthly stipend for academic progress and program participation. Students must continue to make weekly contact with their advisor and complete 1 lesson per week in their assigned Google classroom.
Important Resources for Students:
Google Classrooms – send an email to to get access
  • Freshman UB Elective
  • Sophomores UB Elective
  • Juniors UB Elective
  • Seniors UB Elective
Anderson High, CSU and UC COVID-19 Updates:
Shasta County Office of Education Resources:
Internet at Home and Wifi Resources:
Financial Aid Resources:

Boys Soccer Wins First Section Championship in School History

ANDERSON, CA —  The playoff soccer train continues as the AHS boys soccer team set out on their quest to make history. And history has already been made when the boys team became the first team in school history to take the section championship in soccer by beating Corning High School 1-0 at Corning High School. The boys team has continued their impressive playoff run with a win in the regional quarterfinals against Colusa High School on Tuesday March 3rd at the California Soccer Park, winning another tough fought match with a score of 1-0. Eight players from the boys team are participants of the Simpson Upward Bound program at AHS. Most of which hope to continue playing soccer in college as they pursue a post-secondary education degree.

Upward Bound Student Elected to Shasta County School Board

ANDERSON, CA — Bradley Ramsey a junior at Anderson High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and is highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in School Board processes to actively find solutions to current challenges that Shasta county schools are facing.

Bradley gave us his take on his experience so far with the Shasta County Board of Education. “Its a unique experience, with many educational benefits including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area”, said Ramsey.

Students selected to serve on the school board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.

Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls the fire alarm. Bradley commented on the experience, “It was a long enduring process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational.”

Bradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure really, honestly being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because its the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”bradley_senate

Bradley is highly active in seeking out opportunities for leadership development. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a 4 year university.






(Pictured: left Megan Dahle – California Assemblywoman,
right Bradley Ramsey – Student Board of Education Rep Region 1)



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AHS Boys Soccer Team Takes Down UPrep in Close Match

The Anderson High School soccer team is currently sitting pretty with only 1 loss this season and undefeated in their league heading into the northern section playoffs. With a hard fought game against a top league team they are looking to make a splash in the playoffs. While Upward Bound is designed to prepare students for college success, we are so proud of our boys for what they have accomplished this year on the soccer field. They learn valuable 21st century skills in athletic programs such as teamwork, perseverance and leadership. IMG_0292There are eight players from the Upward Bound Simpson program at AHS on the team; Mario Vazquez, Jose Magana, Juan Lopez, Luis Ruiz, Adrian Magana, Ivan Hernandez, Alessandro Vazquez and Joshua Nieves.