Upward Bound Grant at College of the Desert Has Been Renewed for 5 Years
College of the Desert (COD) has received notification from the Department of Education that their Upward Bound grant has been renewed for 5 years.
Through a competitive grant writing process in March 2012, Upward Bound at COD submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Department of Education detailing the need for the program, including, the Plan of Operation, Budget, and Evaluation.
On Wednesday, May 9, the program was notified by the Hemet office of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack it would be one of 780 programs nationwide to receive funding for 5 additional years, 2012-2017, at $356,350 per year, for a total of over $1.7 million. The program, 100% funded by the Department of Education, will serve a minimum of 85 students per year at the following high schools: Coachella Valley High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, and Indio High School. The program is currently seeking incoming and current freshmen from these three schools.
“The Upward Bound staff, students, and parents are extremely excited about and grateful for the opportunity to be re-funded in order to continue the work of assisting students with getting into college,” stated Upward Bound Coordinator Stephanie Paramore. “Students can expect to see some changes to the program that will enhance their overall learning, college preparedness, and college admissions rates during these very competitive times.”
The purpose of Upward Bound at College of the Desert is to provide tutoring, academic counseling, and financial aid guidance to first-generation, low-income high school students. Students in the program receive services such as: supplemental instruction and tutoring in core subjects; laptop/scientific calculator loans, monthly stipends, a week-long summer residential program, college tours, and exposure to cultural/educational activities. The program was established at COD in 1995.
Upward Bound is located at COD Palm Desert campus, with offices in the Trio Suite of the Cravens Student Services Center.