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Upward Bound is an equal opportunity, federally funded, U.S. Department of Education TRIO program. It is a FREE college readiness program for high school students whose family's taxable income meets federal low income guidelines, and/or whose parents did not earn a bachelor's degree (student would be the first generation in their family to graduate with a bachelor's degree). Upward Bound provides academic and life skills advising as well as social, cultural, and recreational activities designed to build the academic skills, motivation, and self confidence necessary to succeed in college. HCC Climb Upward Bound serves 50 low-income and/or first-generation students from Hibbing, Chisholm, Cherry, and Nashwauk-Keewatin School districts.
Students may be accepted into Upward Bound once they have completed 8th grade, but prior to completing 11th grade. Once accepted into Upward Bound, a student stays in the program all throughout high school.
- Improve students academic skills.
- Provide educational opportunities not often available to low-income, would-be college-bound first generation youth.
- Motivate students to pursue collegiate or vocational training upon completion of high school.
- Enhance students personal, cultural, social and academic awareness and development.
- Assist students and parents with college and financial aid application processes.
For information about other TRIO programs in Minnesota, visit www.mntrio.org.
Academic Year Services include, but are not limited to: Tutoring/Study Sessions; Academic and Life Skills advising; College visits; Cultural experiences; ACT preparation; Monitoring and tracking of student academic and co-curricular activities; Assistance with college and career research and selection, college admissions processes, and financial aid and scholarship applications.
During the Academic Year, HCC Climb Upward Bound staff provides advising services at target school sites. During the school day, Upward Bound staff members are available to students for academic, career and personal advising; helping with college, financial aid, and scholarship applications. They are also able to meet with high school teachers, guidance counselors, and administration.
After school, Upward Bound provides tutoring/study group sessions four days a week at varying times at HCC, Chisholm High School, and Cherry High School. Tutors can assist students in a variety of subjects and are wonderful role models! Students utilize this time to finish homework, get help from tutors and other students, study for exams, and study their class subjects in general.
The academic year Climb Upward Bound curriculum also includes monthly events that typically occur on the third Saturday of the month. These "CUB Academies" provide a variety of academic and cultural programming such as ACT preparation, college visits, study skills and learning styles assessments, note-taking workshops, trips to museums, attending arts performances, service learning projects, and career exploration.
Summer Services include a six-week residential academic summer program with emphasis on basic and higher-level skill improvement in academic courses and simulated, closely supervised college residential life.
During the summer program, students reside in HCC apartments Sunday nights through Thursday nights throughout the first five weeks. During the weekdays (Monday morning through Friday afternoon) the students are active with academic courses taught by college and high school faculty, specifically designed to give Upward Bound students a head start on the next year's high school subjects. Students go home on the weekends.
The final week of the Summer Program is 4-7 day (depending on the trip destination) educationally-oriented trip to a different place each year.
In addition to the Summer Program's intense academic curriculum, cultural, social, and recreational activities are provided and designed to foster personal growth, build leadership skills, enhance teamwork, and broaden student awareness and appreciation of the world.
Climb Upward Bound Students Get Paid For Being in the Program!
CUB participants may earn up to $40 a month during the academic year for participation in CUB activities and keeping a satisfactory GPA. They may earn up to $15 a week for participation and academic diligence and success in the summer program.