December 11, 2023

Coastal Bend College

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Upward Bound Program At CBC Provides Students With Cultural Enrichment Activities



Photo Cutline: CBC UB program participants wait in anticipation as they get ready to conquer the South Texas Maize in Hondo, Texas.

The Upward Bound (UB) program at Coastal Bend College provides students with the opportunity to attend a variety of cultural enrichment activities throughout Texas. Students in the UB program recently traveled to the South Texas Maize in Hondo, Texas for a night filled with fun activities as well as a team building exercise. This year’s corn maze honors the grocery store HEB and it is the second year that CBC’s UB program has visited the South Texas Maize.

Students who attended the trip learned where the corn from the South Texas Maize came from and they were able to experience all that the maze had to offer. The trip included: a tractor-drawn hay ride, pumpkin patch tour and a hands-on team building exercise.

The team building exercise took place when the students were inside of the maze. The maze is seven acres and generally takes 15-20 minutes to walk through. UB students were split up into small groups and were encouraged to work together in order to make it through the maze in a timely manner.

UB is a college prep programs that is designed to assist high school students who are from economically disadvantaged background and/or a first generation college student. 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 UB program at CBC Beeville serves 85 students per academic year from the following high schools: Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. High school freshmen and sophomores who are interested in participating in UB should be sure to fill out an application for the program as soon as possible. The UB application is currently available online at
For more information about CBC’s UB program, please contact CBC UB Project Director Cheryl Baird at 361-354-2716 or via email at