TRIO/UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM
The Upward Bound program is a fully, federally funded grant program through the US Department of Education. Upward Bound is designed to build and strengthen the motivation and skills students need to succeed in college. Qualifications for participation in the program include having academic potential, meeting income criteria, and/or coming from a family in which neither parent has earned a Bachelor's degree. Benefits of participating in the Upward Bound Program include increased educational expectations for students as well as increased likelihood of entering and completing a post-secondary program of study.
The Academic Year Program
While enrolled in high school UB provides students with tutoring, academic advising, and workshops based on achieving academic success. Other activities during the academic year program may include student success workshops, cultural experiences such as plays, concerts and art exhibits, and field trips. Students are also offered a variety of pre-college assistance such as assistance with applications, scholarship searches, campus visits and ACT preparation.
The Summer Component
During an intensive six week session, students are involved in a combination of college preparation courses and personal development activities. In addition, students participate in cultural events, career skill building and social activities. Students also have the opportunity to earn an out-of-state educational experience.
Students in Upward Bound who have completed their senior year in high school and who are eligible for admission at SCC have the opportunity to earn college credit and experience living on a college campus. This serves as a transition between high school and college increasing the likelihood of a successful college career.
Beatrice High School is partnering with Southeast Community College as well as two other southeast Nebraska high schools to serve 56 eligible students. Participating high schools are Southern and Fairbury. All services are funded through a five-year, Department of Education-TRIO-Upward Bound grant, totaling $275,155.
The Upward Bound office is located on the SCC - Beatrice Campus, Jackson Hall-411
Upward Bound staff and contact info:
Melissa Decker, Director of TRIO/Upward Bound, (402) 228-3468 Ext. 1166 firstname.lastname@example.org