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Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (Upward Bound OCC)

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

Program Description

IECC Upward Bound is a federally funded educational preparatory program designed to provide academic support, personal/career counseling, and cultural enrichment to participants who have the academic ability to be successful in college. This program serves approximately 75 students each year.

The need for this program exceeds the number of students who can be served; therefore, the program is seeking ONLY those with the desire to excel in education and life and participate in ALL aspects of the Upward Bound Program.

The program seeks to develop a sense of pride and self worth in students who are willing to strive for their full potential. The program's philosophy is to develop leadership, motivation, and academic excellence, while giving the necessary survival skills to prepare for life beyond the educational setting.

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)


Race & Ethnicity

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

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 75
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%