December 3, 2022

Coastal Bend College

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Coastal Bend College Awarded $3.2 Million for Upward Bound Programs

For Immediate Release:  June 13, 2022

Contact:  Lara Billard, Communications Specialist,

Coastal Bend College (361) 354-2371

BEEVILLE- Coastal Bend College’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Rural programs have been awarded $3.2 million in the form of two TRIO program grants to help high school students prepare for and enter college. The grants total $646,920 per year for the next five years.

TRIO Upward Bound programs use these funds for year-round college preparatory programs for high school students. The goal is to help generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students and veterans. This grant will allow Coastal Bend College to assist 135 students to get college ready.

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve George West, Odem, and Sinton high school students as they pursue their education endeavors. As a person who has been working for TRIO programs for 13 years, I know the importance of these programs and the impact they have on their communities,” said Adriana Jimenez, UBR project director.

“The Upward Bound Program at Coastal Bend College has dedicated itself to serving the local and surrounding communities for nearly 50 years, providing pre-collegiate educational services to prepare high school students for success in accessing and achieving a post-secondary education. Our Upward Bound professionals are committed to ensuring the successes of our student participants, as we look forward to another 5 years of supporting our Beeville, Mathis, Pettus, and now Woodsborro high schools,” said Joe R. Hernandez, Upward Bound Project Director.

“We are ecstatic that the TRIO UB grants have been extended for another five years. We have fantastic TRIO Directors and staff who are eager to continue serving students in our local communities by providing access to higher education and cultural experiences through the TRIO UB program,” stated Dr. Kayla Devora-Jones, Dean of Student Services and Accessibility.

For more information contact:

  • Upward Bound: Joe Hernandez, Project Director, (361) 354-2715 or
  • Upward Bound-Rural: Adriana Jimenez, Project Director, (361) 354-2708

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