Co-Lin’s Upward Bound program serves 60 low-income and first-generation students at the following high schools: Bogue Chitto Attendance Center, Brookhaven High School, Crystal Springs High School, Enterprise Attendance Center, and Hazlehurst High School. The Upward Bound program at Co-Lin provides participants with academic tutoring; second and post-secondary advisement; college entrance exam preparation; instruction in assistance completing financial aid applications; financial and economic literary; instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language, and literature; exposure to cultural events and academic program; career exploration, and an on-campus residential program. Participants must have completed the eighth grade and be at least 13 years old, but not older than 19.
The purpose of the Upward Bound program is to provide opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Upward Bound benefits students by providing them with the opportunity for:
- academic enrichment
- cultural enrichment
- career exploration
- social interaction
- personal development
- campus living experience
- college-going experience
Reginald Castilla, Upward Bound Director
Patrice Smith, Upward Bound Academic Counselor