Thank you for your interest in the Central Arizona College Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Education Department. The nationwide program was established in 1965 under the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Its goal is to help high school students who meet certain criteria be successful in high school and to obtain a postsecondary degree by providing academic enrichment, cultural field trips, tutoring, guidance and counseling.
The Upward Bound program has already helped thousands of students earn a college degree and improve the lives of students and their families. A world of opportunities awaits you with Central Arizona College Upward Bound!
Criteria for enrollment in the program include:
meeting federal income eligibility levels
being a potential first generation college student (where neither parent nor guardian holds a bachelor's degree)
commit to preparing themselves for post-secondary education before being accepted into the program
attend a 6-week academy each summer
currently enrolled at Coolidge High School, Vista Grande High School or Casa Grande Union High School
The Upward Bound program includes a Fall and Spring schedule of activities at your high school and at the Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus. A mandatory six-week summer program offers enrichment classes and field trips on weekdays in the months of June and July.
The program may include classes in Reading, Writing, Math, AzMERIT, PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation, science, foreign language, and other courses in specialized fields. Upward Bound will take students to visit college and university campuses throughout the state of Arizona.
We will review your application and contact you as to your status and next steps in the application process. Remember, you only need motivation, dedication, and a desire to succeed. Upward Bound will help you with the rest.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions about the forms, please call the Upward Bound office at 520-494-5114 or talk to your high school representative.
April V. Ortega
Program Director, Upward Bound
Advisor, Upward Bound