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Centralia College Upward Bound

Program Description

Upward Bound, a part of Centralia College's Trio Programs, is a federally funded program that provides career and education planning services for low-income, minority, and first generation, degree-seeking, college-bound high school students.

Year-Round Services Upward Bound provides year-long academic support (tutoring, study skills and test preparation), career exploration (workshops, conferences, guest speakers, job shadowing, classes and mentoring), and cultural enrichment (field trips, performances and special events).

Summer Program The Upward Bound summer program is offered for six weeks every summer. At least one summer's participation is mandatory. The summer program is a fun way for students to keep up with their studies during the summer months, prepare for the next academic year, and catch up on subjects where they might be struggling.

At the end of each week of the program, students are taken on exciting field trips that are academically and culturally enriching. The field trips range from campus visits to outdoor adventures like canoeing and hiking. All field trips and classroom expenses are covered so there are not financial costs on the students or families. In addition, the students have the opportunity to earn a monthly stipend during the academic year and up to $60 during the summer program.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • 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
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 7%
  • White: 68%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 36%
  • African American: 4%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Central Washington University (4)
  • Centralia College (40)
  • Grays Harbor College (1)
  • Lower Columbia College (3)
  • Oregon State University (1)
  • Saint Martin's University (1)
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College (1)
  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus (3)
  • Washington State University (4)
  • Western Oregon University (1)