Upward Bound is a Federally funded college preparatory program for first generation, limited income high school students who have the potential for success in postsecondary education. Upward Bound serves high school students between the ages of 13 and 19 years old (grades 9 through 12) from low income families whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The program’s goal is to increase the rates at which its participants enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions. It does this by providing fundamental support such as help with the college admission process and assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations. It engages participating students in an extensive, multi-year program designed to provide academic, counseling, and tutoring services.
The Monterey Peninsula College Upward Bound Program serves local high school students from Seaside High School and Monterey High School. Feeder Schools consist of Los Arboles Middle School, King Middle School, Fitch Middle School and Colton Middle School. The purpose of the MPC Upward Bound program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for participants to complete their secondary education and to enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary study. The MPC Upward Bound Program is aware of the importance of providing students with college motivation and counseling, career advising, social/cultural activities, and detailed college admission assistance for the success of their students. Thus the MPC Upward Bound staff is committed to motivating and improving students’ academic skills as well as providing educational and cultural opportunities that would normally not exist for their students otherwise.
Upward Bound services include:
- Tutoring in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects;
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams;
- Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications;
- Academic, financial, and personal counseling;
- Exposure to academic programs and cultural events; and
- Information on postsecondary education opportunities.