Federal TRIO educational opportunity outreach programs support and motivate low-income, first-generation college students as well as students with disabilities to navigate academic environments from middle school to postgraduate programs. The goal of Federal TRIO programs is to increase the percentage of low-income and first-generation college students who successfully pursue postsecondary education opportunities.
Upward Bound provides academic and personal support and guidance to help qualifying high school students get to college. First generation college students, participants have college potential, but lack awareness of the many academic and career options possible after high school. DCTC’s Upward Bound program closes that gap.
Part of the family of Federal TRIO programs, Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.
Eligibility Criteria for Selection as Upward Bound Student
Low income and/or potential first-generation college student
Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better
Potential for academic success in postsecondary education
Consistent class attendance
Committed to graduating from high school
Committed to pursuing a postsecondary program
Committed to the Upward Bound program requirements
Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Must be a current student at one of the following high schools: Burnsville, Two Rivers, and South St. Paul