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PCUB Alumni

Robert Ogle

It is an honor to be featured as a former Upward Bound member. I am an alumnus of Seymour High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I was a member of Upward Bound from 1986 to 1988 and attended two summer sessions, unfortunately, I am so old they did not have a Bridge program that I could attend.

I have a BS in Education and I am currently an Educational Specialist for the Academic Enrichment Upward Bound program. Before taking my position with Upward Bound, I worked for Flyaway Indoor Skydiving and traveled to Zurich, Switzerland and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wherever I have been and whatever I have done, Upward Bound has been a foundation that served me well. I can still remember friends and teachers from my Upward Bound days. These people played an important part in teaching me lessons that I will never forget.

If you are an Upward Bound student, I hope you are actively participating. I feel that if you think upward Bound hasn't done anything for you, you haven't really participated in Upward Bound the way you should. If you aren't in Upward Bound and you are just checking this site out, I would encourage you to consider making Upward Bound part of your life.

I am still using the skills and lessons learned in Upward Bound over a decade ago. Upward Bound does more that give you something fun to do over the summer. Those that take advantage of all the resources of Upward Bound come away with experiences that will last a lifetime.

Janeen McCoig

I am a former Upward Bound high school student, originally from Sevierville, TN. I attended Sevier County High School from 1991-1995 and completed the Bridge Program after graduation. I then continued to King College where I began working as a Residential Assistant during the summers for The University of Tennessee's Upward Bound Program. I received my Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and History, with a minor in Secondary Education in May of 1999 from King. After completing my student teaching and getting my certification to teach grades 7-12, I began working full-time with the Pre-College Upward Bound Program as an Education Specialist and Instructor in January of 2000. I also began graduate studies in Education in January of 2000 and continue with my studies toward a Master's of Science in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and elementary teaching certification for grades 1-8.

Presently, I am an Education Specialist/Counselor/Teacher with Pre-College Upward Bound and have been since 2000. Since 2001, I have taught Social Studies to 7th graders at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, TN. I also coach Team Dance at Jefferson Middle School.

Upward Bound has been such an important part of my life since I was fifteen years old. The students in the program, the instructors, and counselors have all affected my life in ways that they will never even know. Although, I always knew that I wanted to go to college, I didn't have the skills to get there myself. Upward Bound helped me accomplish that goal and I will be eternally grateful for all the help I received. I am very glad that I had a chance to give back to the program as a high school student, Bridge student, Resident Assistant for the summer component for four years in college, and now as a counselor. I hope that I can now give my students as much support and guidance as I received in Upward Bound.

Micheal McCray

Micheal was born in Knoxville, TN, and attended Holston High School (now Holston Middle School), where he was introduced to the Upward Bound program in his sophomore year. While dealing with the adjustments and social pressures of a new school, he earned mediocre grades. But after his first semester of participating in Upward Bound, his grades greatly improved. One of his favorite classes was a Computer technology class.

After graduating from Holston, Micheal entered the Architecture program of the University of Tennessee. After some time in the program, debating between his focus of art or technology, Micheal choose to change his major to Computer Science to learn more about computer graphics. The knowledge he gained was valuable, but being a research institution, the UT program tended to focus on neural networks and other abstract principles. Micheal finally decided to find the perfect merger between art and technology, and entered the Graphic Design program in the Art Department. After some adjustment, he finally found his niche and began to focus on his passion: computer graphics and animation, even though there were no classes for animation. He has also taken video production/editing and film classes, and an independent study class learning Alias Wavefront Maya, the industry-standard 3D software used for feature films and television. During his senior year, Micheal set up an internship with a locally-operated cable network, Cinetel Studios/Home & Garden Television. The artistic and technical knowledge he had gained from his previous college majors had impressed the Director of Computer Animation & Design. After a semester learning about broadcast design and animation as an intern, Micheal was offered a job, upon graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design, even though he did not have the 3-5 year experience that is normally required for the position. Micheal has been at Scripps Productions (a name change) for four years and does design and animation for HGTV, Food Network, and two new networks, Do it Yourself Network and Fine Living Network.

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