Cincinnati State's TRIO Upward Bound welcomed students from Mt. Healthy Junior/Senior High School to Clifton Campus on June 4, 2018, to launch the annual summer program for Upward Bound participants.
The Upward Bound students will participate in classes and personal development activities on Clifton Campus throughout June, followed by a two-day leadership conference in early July.
Cincinnati State was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012-- with a grant renewal in 2017-- to support the TRIO Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy. The current grant ends in May 2022.
"Traditional" Upward Bound (like the program at Mt. Healthy) helps secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including low-income individuals and first-generation college students) to successfully graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary options.
Students in the program receive support including career counseling, academic assistance, and the annual summer enrichment program.
The Cincinnati State grant serves 63 students each year, and has maintained a high school graduation rate of 100%.
TRIO Upward Bound is part of Cincinnati State's College Access programs, which include Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Educational Opportunity Center.