Upward Bound is an educational program offered during the summer and academic year for high school students from low-income families; and families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary school and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. It strives to develop the academic and personal skills a student will need to successfully complete college. Upward Bound is funded by the United States Department of Education.
Upward Bound students learn about career possibilities through special career days, visits to companies and job sites and individual career counseling. To build the social confidence needed for a successful college experience, students participate in group dynamic classes and attend theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, and films.Upward Bound students also participate in conferences and exchanges with other students and receive waivers of application and test-taking fees as well as stipends and paid transportation. Summer employment opportunities are available through the program. Upward Bound students must meet federal financial eligibility guidelines, demonstrate academic potential, and be recommended by their teachers, guidance counselors and principals in order to participate.
Upward Bound reflects Mercer County Community College's mission to provide services and activities that support individual student success. These services include: Supplemental academic instruction After school tutoring Cultural enrichment activities College visits Peer and Group counseling SAT preparation HSPA preparation College application and financial aid instruction