TRiO programs ensure equal educational opportunities for all students by providing skills and information needed to overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Upward Bound helps students succeed academically by giving them the tools they need to first graduate from high school before enrolling in and graduating from college. Upward Bound participants have "college potential," but are often unaware of the academic and career options beyond high school.
A motivational program based on academics, Upward Bound assists high school students with graduation requirements while preparing them for enrollment in and eventual completion of postsecondary education.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by Dakota County Technical College, Upward Bound serves 50 students in grades 9-12 from Henry Sibley and South St. Paul high schools.
All qualified students are encouraged to apply. Our policy obliges us to accept students who best conform to the program's federal guidelines.
Personal enrichment workshops
Stipend (money) during the academic year and summer months based on attendance and academic performance
One-on-one mentoring with an academic/career advisor
Afterschool program sessions twice a week
Six-week summer program at DCTC with math, science, English, foreign language, computer skills and study skills classes
Assistance with college entrance requirements
Parent/guardian support and assistance in matters affecting the student's educational progress
Fun cultural, social and career-oriented field trips
Access to computer-based career and postsecondary educational information
Financial aid and scholarship information and assistance