LYNDON – Lauren Holt Kish from Hardwick, has join the Upward Bound program at VTSU Lyndon as the new student development coordinator. Kish was a four-year member of Upward Bound as a student from Rivendell Academy and attended Castleton University. She was a mentor leader for the college’s mentoring program. She completed her elementary education degree in 2021 and spent the last two years teaching in Richford as a kindergarten teacher. She has worked at Upward Bound for just over five years and had many roles with the program including leading students in the dorm, on-college tours, and assisting in program meetings.
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded through the United States Department of Education committed to providing modest income, first generation college-bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences, and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school. The program works with 75 students in nine Northeast Kingdom high schools, who are dedicated to achieving their post-secondary dreams. Upward Bound students receive support services throughout the school year and spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of VTSU Lyndon.