Upward Bound

We provide opportunities for high school students to explore career options and higher education choices. We are tailored for students who are first-generation, college-bound, and meet the federal low-income requirements. As an active participant, you will be exposed to academic, social, cultural and recreational activities sponsored by Chemeketa.

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The focus of Upward Bound is to develop skills needed for post-secondary education and to help its graduates enter and stay in post-secondary education. The Chemeketa Community College Program is one of 1900 federally funded TRiO programs across the nation.

What services do we provide?

The Upward Bound Program provides you a variety of educational opportunities, as well as cultural and career activities such as -

  • Visits to various colleges to explore post-secondary educational opportunities
  • Exposure to cultural enrichment activities
  • Assistance with SAT or ACT preparation, completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • Scholarship workshops
  • Twice-a-month Saturday sessions
  • Tutoring in the basic areas of reading, study skills, writing, computational skills, math, science, and foreign languages
  • Advising for individuals and small groups
  • Career exploration and guidance for students to focus on lifelong goals
  • Visits to businesses, recreational areas and cultural events
  • Summer Academy: a six-week session. A one week camp followed by five weeks of academic study
  • Stipends for those who actively participate in the program

Who is eligible to participate?

You must be attending North Salem High School, Santiam High School or Woodburn Academy of International Studies High School and meet the following requirements -

  • Be currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade
  • Meet the federal income guidelines
  • Have academic potential
  • Be a first-generation college-bound student (neither parent has a 4-year bachelor's degree)
  • If you plan to go to college
  • Be willing to participate in all aspects of the Upward Bound Program

How do I get more information?

Call Susan McCaffrey at 503.589.7620 or e-mail her for more information. For an Upward Bound application, please contact Veronica Sifuentez at 503.589.7623 or Lino Solomon at 503.589.7622.

Upward Bound Schedule

Academic Mentoring/Tutoring

North Salem High School every Tuesday 2:30pm-4pm in room 112

Santiam High School every Monday during 5th, 6th, 7th periods

Woodburn AIS every Thursday from 2:50pm-4pm in AIS computer lab

Upward Bound Saturday Academies (save these dates)

Saturday, October 4: Upward Bound Fall Orientation and Academic Success Assessments

Saturday, October 18: Campus visits to Portland State University and the University of Portland

Saturday, November 1: ACT Practice Testing

Saturday, November 15: Moda Center Sports Marketing and Portland Trailblazer game

Saturday, December 6 Scholarship Writing Workshop / Academic Success Workshops and Create a Memory

Saturday, December: 13 Upward Bound Leadership / College Preparation Workshops and Bowling

Saturday, January 17: Seminar for TRiO High School Students and Parents (click here for details)

Saturday, January 31: Criminal Justice and Emergency Management Programs at Brooks Chemeketa

Friday, February 13: Tour the State Capital / Legislature / Willamette University

Saturday, February 21: Western Oregon University

Saturday, March 7: Chemeketa Machining Program Tour and Industry site visit

Saturday, March 14: Compass Placement Test Preparation

Saturday, April 4: Summer Academy Orientation and Compass Placement Testing

Saturday, April 25: Salem Police Office on Internet and Personal Safety and Career Center Presentation and Pietro's Pizza (click here for details)

2015 Summer Academy information (click here)

College Access Programs' resource page for links to other Upward Bound related sites

Upward Bound is 100% federally funded at $307,820 annually