The ACC College and High School Relations Office has received two Upward Bound TRiO grants to prepare first-generation, low-income high school students for success in college.
One of the grants will serve 60 students at Reagan High School, and the other grant will serve 60 students at Travis High School. The grants total to approximately $2.6 million for five years.
The two schools were selected based on the school and community need, college completion, and socio-economic factors. The College and High School Relations Office has hired a director, Dr. Heather Elias, to lead the program and begin recruiting student participants this academic year.
Upward Bound improves academic skills, removes financial barriers to college, and maximizes the high school experience with social and cultural experiences. Students in Upward Bound have access to amazing resources, all free, including academic advising, standardized test preparation, supplemental instruction, scholarship and financial aid assistance, financial literacy training, and college campus tours.
“We are excited that we received funding to build and provide effective college access programs to high school students. Our goal is to ensure that every student in the ACC Upward Bound Program successfully completes high school with many college offers to pursue their future career aspirations,” says Dr. Shasta Buchanan, Executive Director, High School Relations.
This academic pre-college initiative aligns with ACC’s focus of helping all students reach their academic and career potential.
“ACC is dedicated to educational access and removing barriers to students enrolling in college and graduating,” said Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC President/CEO. “These grants will support ACC’s work to help first-generation and low-income students have the opportunity for higher education.”
For more information, visit austincc.edu/UpwardBound.
Upward Bound is one of eight federal TRIO programs designed to help schools identify and serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and people with disabilities. Other programs include Educational Opportunity Centers that provide counseling and information on college admissions for adults, a Talent Search program that identifies disadvantaged individuals with high potential for success, and an Upward Bound program for veterans.
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