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North Hennepin Community College Upward Bound

  • Ka Zoua Xiong
  • Director

Program Description

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to help low-income or first-generation high school students enroll in post-secondary education options. We are a TRIO program with branches in campuses all across the country. Our specific program is run out of North Hennepin Community College, and we serve students at Park Center High School, Cooper High School, and Brooklyn Center High School.

The Upward Bound Program can provide:

Academic preparation for college

  • College preparatory courses
  • After school tutorials & Saturday test preparation seminars (ACT and SAT)
  • Six-week summer session on the NHCC campus
  • Educational and career planning

Academic advising

  • College and career exploration
  • College and career field trips

College admissions and financial aid information

  • PLAN and SAT/ACT information, registration materials, and fee waivers
  • Individual assistance with college admissions applications
  • Individual assistance with scholarship and financial aid applications

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

  • White: 20%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 40%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
  • African American: 20%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 50
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 20%