Clovis, N.M. – Clovis Community College and Clovis High School have received a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The $250,000 grant will provide money for the TRiO Upward Bound program, with a goal of ensuring equal education opportunities for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. Originally established in 1965, there are presently 774 Upward Bound programs in operation throughout the United States.
The program is an intensive college preparatory program providing academic support and monitoring while empowering students with the skills and self-confidence needed to successfully graduate from high school and college. Other services include; ACT/SAT preparation, career exploration and guidance, counseling, performance and participation incentives, and instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and study skills after school. The program involves a regular weekly class schedule plus Saturday classes and meetings during the summer months.
CCC Upward Bound works in partnership with both low-income and first generation students to overcome academic, social or cultural barriers that might discourage or prevent young people from attaining post-secondary educational success. The goals for the 50 participating CHS students are; improving standardized test scores, increase post-secondary enrollment and raise the graduation rates.
Space is still available for interested students. They may contact Ashly Baccas, Upward Bound Director, 575.769.4350 ext. 1206.