Upward Bound

Current UB students

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides young students with the skills they need to be successful in college. Participants receive academic, personal and cultural enrichment to prepare them for higher education. The Upward Bound Program at South Plains College serves 50 students from six schools in Cochran, Hockley, Lamb, and Terry Counties. Upward Bound, a Trio Program fully funded by the US Department if Education, is a NO COST program to its participants.

The Upward Bound program has three main components: after-school tutoring, Saturday Academies and the Summer Residential Program.

  • After-school tutoring targets the academic aspect by providing individualized remedial or enrichment opportunities.
  • Saturday Academies allot additional time for further academic support as well as culturally enriching activities.
  • The Summer Residential Program brings Upward Bound students to the South Plains College and personal growth activities.

Services include:

  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Academic, financial, and personal career couseling
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Tutoring services
  • Mentoring
  • Information on postsecondary educational opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Career Internships to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degrees

Upward Bound meets nine (9) Saturdays, September through May. Enrichment Classes include composition, literature, science, math, and foreign language. Tutorial assistance is provided as needed.

Upward Bound also sponsors cultural and social activities during the academic year. Additional special activities include a self-esteem building activities, a college fair, and a career fair.

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