Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service
PCUB, MSC, and AEP continue to partner with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service for scientific research opportunities and service learning activities. Hands-on, experiential activities in the park have provided project participants with firsthand knowledge and practice in multiple science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, and zoology.
US Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Services Program
The CAPS Outreach Center continuously works to enhance services for project participants through multiple avenues of external funding. One of the sources used to provide additional food for project participants is the US Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Services Program (SFSP). Through grants offered via the Tennessee Department of Human Services, summer participants in Pre-College Upward Bound (PCUB), the Math and Science Center (MSC), and the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) are provided daily nutritional meals that meet strict USDA guidelines. Reimbursement for these meals help to supplement funds used to provide breakfast or lunch for students who attend Saturday sessions throughout the academic year. PCUB, MSC, and AEP have participated in the SFSP for the past ten years, resulting in better nutritional education for project participants and higher-quality meals to enhance project services.