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Weatherford College Upward Bound

  • Jeff Kahlden
  • Director
  • 817-598-6485

Program Description

The Weatherford College Upward Bound program currently serves 55 high school students from 4 target schools in three counties in the WC service area.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.

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)

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 45%
  • African American: 1%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 55
  • 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%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Tarleton State University (40)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 40%