Melissa Green
Upward Bound Program Director

Biography

Melissa Green, M.A. was born in Seattle, Washington before attending schools in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to Washington, Melissa graduated from Eisenhower High School in the top 10 of her class, and was awarded the Erma and Roberta Schumann scholarship to the University of Washington. Later, she transferred to Central Washington University in order to pursue a degree in English Education, which was not offered at UW. Melissa graduated cum laude from CWU with a B.A. in English Teaching. She completed Student Teaching at East Valley High School, and earned a Master's Degree from CWU in English Literature (magna cum laude). After graduation from CWU, Melissa began working for the Upward Bound Program at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC), where she serves as Director. The goal of Upward Bound is to educate youth about the opportunity to attend post-secondary education, even if they will be the first in their family to attempt it. Each Upward Bound student who successfully graduates from college or technical programs makes her and the other program staff proud to be a part of Upward Bound. Her department reaches out to the community to ensure that parents and students are made aware of the higher education opportunities right here in the Yakima Valley. For Melissa, the most exciting aspect of work is motivating students to change by setting higher goals then they previously held.

Advance Schedule Requirements: Two to three weeks, depending on distance
Travel Restrictions:Yakima County

Topics

Planningyour Future after High School: Turning Ideas and Plans into Reality This presentation is geared to students (age 15-18) and addresses concerns such as: What will college cost, what options are out there, and what are the benefits of each long-term? How do you know if you should go to college or technical school? What is multi-cultural education and how is education changing today? This talk will include a question and answer period, and can inform students of their opportunities for education, especially if they are first in their family to go to college.
Helping Your Child Succeed in College What can a parent or significant adult do to support their student's success beyond high school? This presentation is geared toward parents wanting to help their children prepare for and succeed in college. Melissa Green is willing to tailor the presentation toward specific needs of the audience, and will address specific questions such as applying for and availability of financial aid for college. This presentation is especially valuable for families whose child will be the first in their family to attend college.
Please contact Joy Clark for more information and scheduling
509.574.6800 x 3285/
jclark@yvcc.edu