- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - Nearly a dozen West Virginia programs are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Upward Bound.

The federally funded program was created in 1964 and provides teenagers with instruction in various academic areas on college campuses and after school.

Officials say Upward Bound more than doubles the chances of low-income, first-generation students graduating from college.

The program began in West Virginia at West Virginia State University, Concord and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Now, there are 11 Upward Bound programs in West Virginia serving about 650 students.

A celebration commemorating the program was held Saturday at West Virginia State University featuring current and former students of the programs.

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