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Central College Upward Bound

  • Kelly Kowzan
  • Upward Bound Assistant Director
  • 641.628.7521

Program Description

Central College pre-college programs, working as a collaborative professional team, is essential to the development of student participants. Through partnerships with the schools we serve and the Central College community, we empower students to recognize their potential, maximize their opportunities, and utilize their acquired skills for the purpose of attaining a post-secondary degree.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 25% and 50%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (1)
  • Drake University (1)
  • Iowa State University (1)
  • Morningside College (1)
  • University of Northern Iowa (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 79%