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Houston Community College Upward Bound

Program Description

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is federally-funded through a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Since September 1, 1998, the program has been housed at the Houston Community College Southeast Campus. The Upward Bound program recruits high school students from the 9th and 10th grades in order to aid and encourage them to successfully complete high school, enroll in a post-secondary institution and graduate from that institution. For years, Upward Bound program has been providing services to low-income students who will be the first generation in their families to go to college. The program serves 66 students per year and over 80% of Upward Bound students have successfully completed high school and enrolled in an institution of post-secondary education. The Upward Bound target schools are: Milby, Chavez, & Sanchez High Schools.

The program has two components, an academic year component and a summer component. During academic year, the program provides supplemental academic classes, tutoring, academic counseling, life skills classes, and cultural enrichment activities. These classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Periodically students and their families will have the opportunity to attend workshops on the college entrance process.

The summer component focuses on academic skills and comprehensive test preparation for six-weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Students will also have the opportunity to attend educational and cultural field trips to various colleges, universities and museums.

The Upward Bound staff serve as role models and mentors to our students. They have established a very close working relationship with community agencies, target high school principals and personnel. They also work with parents through home visits and parent meetings.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 66
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%