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Barton County Upward Bound

  • Kelsey Hall
  • Academic Coordinator
  • (620) 792-9291

Program Description

Upward Bound was created in 1965 by the Higher Education Act and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.Barton Community College first sponsored the Barton County Upward Bound (BCUB) Program in 1999. The program prides itself on serving students from diverse backgrounds who aspire to complete a college degree. Students attending high schools located in Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington have worked year-round in preparation for their eventual college success.

The Upward Bound program concentrates on building success by improving academic skills and involving high schools students in activities that will expose them to the world around us the workplace, careers, educational institutions, and the cultural aspects of our society. The cornerstone of Upward Bound is a supplemental instruction program that helps students by providing teaching and tutoring services before or after school or a combination of both.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Barton County Community College
  • Kansas State University