TRIO - Upward Bound

Guiding High School students to be successful college graduates & Future Leaders

Iowa Lakes Community College TRIO Upward Bound is a free college access program sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College.

We provide support and guidance to students to ensure success in high school as well as post-secondary education enrollment and graduations.

TRIO Upward Bound is a grant-funded program from the United States Department of Education. Upward Bound grant funding for the 2021-22 academic year is $297,601.

TRIO Upward Bound provides 60 eligible 9th-12th grade students with services that support successful completion of high school and assist with post-secondary exploration and enrollment. TRIO Upward Bound is designed to educate students so that they can navigate the pursuit of higher education.

Our focus is to encourage and assist students in reaching their academic and personal goals in high school and enrolling in a post-secondary school of their choice.

Participants receive assistance with career and college exploration, the college application process, financial aid application, college entrance exam preparation, and writing scholarship application essays.

Students also receive instruction in financial literacy, leadership skills, study skills, test-taking skills, transitioning from high school to college, and improving self-esteem. Students participate in FREE college campus visits, cultural enrichment opportunities, workshops, weekly academic assistance, and an optional six-week college experience summer program.