CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

Headline: CBC’s TRI­­­O Upward Bound Program now accepting new students

The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) programs at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. UB and UB GOST are college prep programs that are designed to assist high school students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation college students. As a part of a federally funded grant, participating in the UB programs comes at no cost to the student.

CBC’s UB programs provide students with the support that is necessary to pursue and complete a higher education. The programs also provide a number of services that will assist students in college readiness including academic/financial aid advising, educational field trips, tutoring, educational/cultural workshops, college admissions assistance, college entrance exam preparation, scholarship assistance and career exploration.

The programs generally meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the CBC Beeville campus throughout the academic year (September through May). Saturdays are filled with academic enrichment courses, tutoring, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, UB’s academic advisors will also make frequent visits to each student’s respective school to provide one-on-one counseling guidance.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a six-week long stay at CBC Beeville’s Benton Hall dormitory. This summer component provides program participants with a glimpse into college life by living at the dorms and taking dual enrollment courses. During their stay, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural events and enrichment activities.

After the successful completion of high school, qualifying UB students enroll at CBC for their first semester of college. UB students receive tutoring services as well as advising from UB program advisors.

The UB program at CBC Beeville serves 85 students per academic year from the following high schools: Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. CBC’s UB GOST program serves 50 students per academic year from the following high schools: George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft. Interested high school freshmen and sophomores should be sure to fill out an application for the program(s) as soon as possible. The UB application is currently available online at www.coastalbend.edu/ub.

For more information about CBC’s UB program, please contact CBC UB’s Project Director Cheryl Baird at 361-354-2716 or via email at cheryl@coastalbend.edu.

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