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Pima Community College (Upward Bound East Campus)

  • Esperanza Lumm
  • Program Manager
  • 520-206-7816

Program Description

The TRIO Upward Bound program is a federally funded college prep program designed to serve low-income, first-generation college students.

The East Campus at Pima Community College is eager to continue its partnership with Palo Verde High School, Santa Rita High School, and the PPEP Tec "Victor Soltero" High School. Criteria for enrollment in the program include meeting federal income eligibility levels and being a potential first generation college student (where neither parent nor guardian holds a bachelor's degree). Potential candidates for Upward Bound must commit to preparing themselves for post-secondary education before being accepted into the program. The program is free to those who are accepted and meet the program's requirements. Upward Bound provides students bus passes for those who need them and stipends for exemplary participation. Students only have to give their dedication and time for the remainder of their high school years to receive maximum benefits from the 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

  • White: 24%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 39%
  • Other: 30%
  • African American: 6%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 63
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pima Community College
  • University of Arizona

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 76%