Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program is now accepting applications. Please visit the Upward Bound Program office located in the Community Services Center, room E-243, on the MCC campus to pick up an application.

The Upward Bound Program is designed to prepare high school students with college potential to pursue and complete a college degree. High School students accepted into the program during the academic year come to the MCC campus Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:45 p.m., and one Saturday a month from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for approximately 30 weeks. The Upward Bound Computer Lab is also open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4-7 p.m. During the 30 weeks, students receive tutoring instruction in academic skills such as English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school. Each student is required to maintain regular attendance in the program. Upward Bound provides a summer, non-residential program in June and July. Students come to the MCC campus Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The summer program is designed to simulate a college-going experience. Other services available through Upward Bound are advisement, community service, mentoring, and cultural activities.

Academic Instruction

Certified teachers from local high schools provide instruction in Reading, English, Writing, Study Skills, Mathematics, Science, and Spanish. An Individualized Educational Development Work Plan is developed for each student as a guideline. Textbooks and other materials are provided by Upward Bound.


The Upward Bound staff assists students with academic advice, high school course advisement, and provides post-secondary education information. The staff will help with career guidance and the needed life skills to be successful. Financial aid information concerning grants, scholarships, and loans is made available to students and parents.


Upward Bound provides a mentoring program designed to improve students' interpersonal skills. To facilitate program, Upward Bound works with the Tarleton University Psychology Department, which provides college students to serve as mentors.


The tutorial program for Upward Bound concentrates on academic subjects such as English/Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Spanish. Students are instructed by teachers and staff to build skills necessary for educational success.

Cultural Enrichment

To meet cultural, social, and recreational needs, Upward Bound plans various activities designed to provide diverse experiences. Activities include theatre productions, art exhibits, sports activities, museum visits, cultural meals, awards banquets, musical concerts, and movies. Trips also include visits to major colleges and universities.