Simpson’s Upward Bound program has received a big vote of confidence – and an important grant – from the U.S. Department of Education.
The department’s decision to contribute $257,000 each year for the next five years is great news for the College, the people who work in Upward Bound and, most important, the students who will benefit.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal is to increase the number of students who graduate from secondary education schools and institutions of postsecondary education.
In Central Iowa, the grant means 52 students will be able to participate, representing East, North and Lincoln high schools in Polk County, and Indianola, Norwalk and Southeast Warren high schools in Warren County.
“This is a valuable program that can prove life-changing for these young students,” President Jay Simmons said. “Simpson College is honored to be part of ensuring their academic and personal success.”
Among the services Upward Bound students will have access to include academic counseling, personal counseling, tutorial services, college planning, mentoring, ELL instruction, technology instruction, special cultural events and activities, and many more valuable services.
Simmons congratulated Upward Bound Director Jennifer Beal, the members of Simpson’s Upward Bound Program and grants writer Michelle Johnson.
“Our team is honored with the opportunity to continue serving Upward Bound students,” Beal said. “TRIO provides life-changing experiences for young people as they explore their post-secondary adventure. We see the benefits of our program daily through the many accomplishments of students and are looking forward to the success stories ahead. We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm the Simpson College Community contributes to our overall goals.”