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ECTC Upward Bound offers free trip to Fla theme parks

ECTC program offers STEM academy, free summer trip to Universal Studios

High-schoolers at Thomas Nelson and Nelson County could earn a free weeklong trip to Universal Orlando and The Kennedy Space Center through a STEM-oriented summer academy hosted in Elizabethtown.  

The Upward Bound Math and Science program at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is accepting applications from students who attend LaRue County, Nelson County, Thomas Nelson, North Hardin and Washington County high schools, freshmen through graduated seniors.

The program seeks to serve 60 students this year who are first generation (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor's degree or higher) or limited income (free/reduced lunch is an indicator).

The Summer Academy is six weeks of academic, social, recreational and cultural activities designed to motivate and prepare students. The Summer Academy will conclude with a week-long trip to Universal Orlando and The Kennedy Space Center, free for participants.

The UBMS program helps students generate the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students will experience mentorship designed to encourage student success to accomplish their education and career goals, UBMS Director Mindy Dye said.

“The process of transitioning from high school to college can be overwhelming but with the skills UBMS students are learning, we are confident they can accomplish anything.” UBMS Director Mindy Dye

Quick facts:

Who is eligible? 

  • Incoming freshmen for the 2023-24 school year through graduated seniors
  • Students on free or reduced lunch
  • First-generation college students (Mother and father do not have a bachelor’s degree)

Where is it?

  • The academy is on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • Transportation is provided from the high schools to the campus

How long is it?

How do I apply?

  • Find full details on the application process here
  • Let your School Counselor know that you are interested in applying, or call Upward Bound Math & Science at ECTC 270-706-8578 or email at

Find full details on the ECTC UBMS site.

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