Feds help local students stay in school

Southwestern Community College has been awarded a nearly $1.3 million grant under the Upward Bound Programs from the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is among seven federal programs that serve middle, high school and college students with the goal of increasing postsecondary enrollment and completion. The money will go toward a college preparatory program for teenagers designed to encourage academic success in high school as well as college.

Research has shown that program graduates are seven times as likely to attend college and graduate from college as those who do not participate. Southwestern Community College has successfully hosted the Upward Bound program since 1999.

The program provides support during the academic year, summer and after high school graduation. Services include tutoring, mentoring, college visits, exam preparation, service opportunities, financial workshops, cultural, social and activities — all provided at no cost.

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