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Wallace Community College-Sparks Campus awarded grant for Upward Bound


Eufaula, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a five-year $1,531,090 grant to Wallace Community College-Sparks Campus for the Upward Bound program, part of the federally funded TRiO program. TRiO offers outreach and support services to qualified students to help them succeed in secondary and post-secondary education.  The funds equate to $306,218 per year and will begin on September 1.

Upward Bound funding is competitive and must be applied for every five years. The program received a perfect score of 103 points and received an additional 15 points for meeting its objectives for the last five years. 

Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program for high school students. It assists low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students in the completion of secondary education and prepares them for enrollment and completion of higher education. Upward Bound focuses on academic performance (GPA), standardized tests, retention and graduation. Looking forward, the program prepares students for postsecondary enrollment and completion.

Students participate in rigorous academic courses, tutoring services, college-prep workshops, and career advising. Upward Bound also allows students to participate in volunteer opportunities and cultural enrichment to expand their social experiences.

According to Mickey Baker, WCC Upward Bound director, funding is available to serve students enrolled in four area high schools, including Abbeville High School, Barbour County High School, Bullock High School and Eufaula High School.

For more information about Upward Bound, call the Wallace Community College–Sparks Campus at 334-687-3543, ext. 4244, via email at mbaker@wallace.edu, or visit the College’s Web site at www.wallace.edu/TRiO.

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