ACC Upward Bound receives grant renewal

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When a student has a desire to be the first in their family to attend college, some enlist the support of the Alvin Community College Upward Bound program to accomplish their goals.

“It is the goal of Upward Bound to raise students’ aspirations to attend college, navigate the admissions process, and ease the transition to college to eligible students that have ‘critically unmet’ needs to maximize their educational potential and higher education completion,” ACC Upward Bound Director Regan Metoyer-Peterson said. “Our services assist students in preparation with the necessary skills to overcome economic disadvantages and to build the social capitol needed to succeed.”

The U.S. Department of Education recently renewed the grant funding for the program for the next five years.

“I am beyond thrilled that we were awarded the continuation grant,” Metoyer-Peterson said. “I feel very fortunate that this program will be able to continue influencing the lives of our first generation college going students in the pursuit of a college degree.”

Upward Bound at ACC began in 2003. It seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.

The federally-funded program is created by the Department of Education and works with Alvin High School students.

Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid.

“We are a comprehensive college preparatory program that works with students throughout their high school and college careers,” Metoyer-Peterson said. “Our focus is college degree attainment and this program offers every possible resource to help our students achieve success.”

Since the program began 180 students have graduated from Upward Bound. Sixty percent of ACC Upward Bound students have earned a Bachelor’s Degree compared to the state average of 18 percent for all students.

“At face value, this data is remarkable,” Metoyer-Peterson said. “But if we add in the fact that all Upward Bound students represent a demographic that is least likely to enter or succeed in college, then we are looking at the faces of success.”

For more information about the program or to learn about how to apply, visit www.alvincollege.edu/upwardbound or call 281-756-3849.

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