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Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (Upward Bound)

  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (Upward Bound)
  • 305 N. West Street
  • Olney, IL 62450
  • (618) 395-7777
  • 1993
  • Tiffany Cowger
  • Director
  • (618) 395-7777

Program Description

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' Upward Bound Program was the first TRIO Program established at IECC and has continued to provide services to eligible high school students for over 30 years.

Upward Bound provides academic tutoring, college/career counseling, cultural enrichment, and social development, among other services, to over 200 high school students from eleven high schools. All services are free to those accepted into the program.

Students participate in:

    • After-school tutorial sessions
    • Workshops
    • Educational and college trips
    • Six-week summer program at Olney Central College or Wabash Valley College

    Upward Bound is available to participants who meet program requirements at target high schools in Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White counties.

    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
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 5%
  • African American: 5%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing

First-Generation

  • More than 75%