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Upward Bound

CFCC Upward Bound (UB) is a Pre-College Academy and summer college prep program for highly motivated students at Pender High School and Heide Trask High School who demonstrate financial need or will be first-generation-to-college students.

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About Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federal program sponsored by the Department of Education to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college.

Upward Bound serves: high school students that demonstrated financial need, have a minimal GPA of 2.5 and are from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

The mission of UB is to assist high school students in completing secondary education and enrolling in and graduating from institutions of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound takes a holistic approach in preparing the students academically, personally and emotionally for the future.

Benefits of Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a rigorous year-round college preparatory program that develops scholars and provides the following services:

  • Cultural enrichment workshops
  • Academic tutoring
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Engaging academic workshops
  • SAT/ACT prep
  • University/college tours
  • Summer academy
  • Financial literacy for students and parents

Why Join?

UB empowers students to become competitive college applicants and leaders by providing:

  • Academic support and digital literacy programming
  • College, career, financial aid advising, and college tours
  • Summer program
  • Community service and cultural field trips
  • Stipends ($$), swag, and other incentives

Do you want to become an Upward Bound scholar?

CFCC Upward Bound (UB) seeks 9-12th grade students that are committed to their education and are highly motivated in their pursuit of getting a college degree and achieving their career and professional goals. The Academic Year and Summer Programs are rigorous and designed to encourage and prepare students for post-secondary education.


During the academic year, the program provides supplemental academic classes, tutoring, academic counseling, life skills classes, and cultural enrichment activities.

Weekly support and Saturday seminars are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Periodically, students and their families will have the opportunity to attend workshops.

The summer component focuses on personal development, academic skills and comprehensive test preparation for six weeks. Students will also have the opportunity to attend educational and cultural field trips to various colleges, universities, museums, theatrical performances, and athletic events.

The Upward Bound leadership team serves as coaches, role models, and mentors to our student scholars. They have established a close working relationship with community agencies, target high school principals, and personnel. Our team also works with parents.

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