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Lone Star College-North Harris awarded $2.7 million for Upward Bound program

Lone Star College-North Harris has been awarded two Upward Bound grants for a combined total of $2.7 million dollars.

The Upward Bound Program (UB) at LSC-North Harris is a federally funded grant program designed to assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged high school students in developing the skills and the motivation to succeed in college. Upward Bound participants receive academic advising, standardized test preparation, tutoring, scholarship and financial aid assistance, cultural enrichment, career exploration assistance and college campus tours.

“The grant to the Upward Bound program will greatly impact individuals in this community from disadvantaged backgrounds. UB will help students overcome obstacles through the use of college resources leading to an increase in academic performance and providing a smooth transition to college,” said U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Since 1999, LSC-North Harris’ Upward Bound program has collaborated with Aldine ISD. The program currently serves high school students at MacArthur High School, Nimitz High School, Aldine High School and Eisenhower High School.

At LSC-North Harris, students in the program can participate in after-school tutorials and academic programs that build academic skills and improve scholastic performance. In addition to tutoring, students also have the opportunity to enroll in college-preparatory courses throughout high school. The six-week summer program also provides additional instruction in mathematics, English, science and a foreign language. There are a variety of elective courses for students to take advantage of as well.

Although preparing students academically is the main goal of Upward Bound, it is not the only component of the program. Students also participate in cultural enrichment activities, community service events, and college campus visits. Additionally, Upward Bound offers developmental workshops in college success skills such as time management, study skills, and career exploration.

“Creating opportunities for disadvantaged students and providing them with the knowledge and tools to excel in academics has always been one of my major priorities. I am thrilled that through the awarding of this grant, Lone Star College-North Harris will be better able to assist students in our community to excel in their academic endeavors,” added Jackson Lee.

The two new grants will allow the Upward Bound program to continue to work with 125 students each year until 2022.

For more information, please visit LoneStar.edu/Upward-Bound.

About Upward Bound
Upward Bound is funded 100percent by the Department of Education and is designed to assist first-generation, low-income high school students in developing the skills and the motivation to succeed in college. Program participants receive weekly academic advising, standardized test preparation, tutoring, scholarship and financial aid assistance, college campus tours, and cultural opportunities. The Upward Bound offices are located inside the high schools and students have the opportunity to work with their Upward Bound advisor on a frequent basis. All program services are free for program participants.

About Lone Star College
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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