Upward Bound Jackson County

The Upward Bound Jackson County Program (UB-JC) serves 70 students in Jackson County Schools. It is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary to persist in completing a program of secondary and postsecondary education. UB-JC has a twelve-month comprehensive program that is divided into three separate components: Academic Year Component, Intensive Six-week Summer Component, and the Bridge Component. The Academic Component includes counseling, after-school tutoring, and a weekend program that meets for scheduled Saturday sessions. Students are required to enroll in college prep courses by their sophomore year. All participants are provided supplemental instruction, tutoring, and activities to ensure completion of secondary education. The Summer Component offers academic enrichment, personal development, and cultural awareness. It also offers college preparatory courses, electives, academic, career and personal counseling, recreational activities, and field trips. The Bridge Component is to ensure that participating graduates have the transitional experience between high school and college. Based upon individualized student programs developed as a result of student profiles, students enroll in four to six hours of transferable courses (Mathematics and English) offered by Northeast Community College. UB-JC serves high school students from low-income families, and also high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

Interested students must:

  • Submit an application packet and verification of income
  • Submit proof of academic potential
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from a school teacher and one from a counselor)
  • Additional information may be required

Participants in the program receive:

Academic Counseling

  • College and Course Selection
  • Study and Test-Taking Skills Workshops
  • Leadership Development Workshops

Career Counseling

  • Job Interviewing Techniques
  • Career Shadowing
  • Career Searches
  • Professional Speakers

Tutoring

  • Math
  • English: Grammar and Literature
  • Science
  • Computer Science

Financial Aid

  • Scholarship Searches
  • Assistance with Completion of Applications

Summer Residential Summer Program

  • A six week program conducted on the campus of a local college
  • Participants devote a minimum of five hours each day in formal instruction in the areas of Math, Science, English, Computer Science, and a foreign language

Bridge Program

  • Offered to UB-JC graduates as a transitional experience between high school and college.
  • Participants are able to enroll in courses offered by the Northeast Community College

Field Trips

  • Visits to Educational and Cultural Sites

ALL services are free, and all information remains confidential.

For more information on this service call: (256) 259-3072