About Upward Bound

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is federally-funded through a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Since September 1, 1998, the program has been housed at the Houston Community College Southeast Campus. The Upward Bound program recruits high school students from the 9th and 10th grades in order to aid and encourage them to successfully complete high school, enroll in a post-secondary institution and graduate from that institution. For years, Upward Bound program has been providing services to low-income students who will be the first generation in their families to go to college. The program serves 66 students per year and over 80% of Upward Bound students have successfully completed high school and enrolled in an institution of post-secondary education. The Upward Bound target schools are: Milby, Chavez, & Sanchez High Schools.

The program has two components, an academic year component and a summer component. During academic year, the program provides supplemental academic classes, tutoring, academic counseling, life skills classes, and cultural enrichment activities. These classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Periodically students and their families will have the opportunity to attend workshops on the college entrance process.

The summer component focuses on academic skills and comprehensive test preparation for six-weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Students will also have the opportunity to attend educational and cultural field trips to various colleges, universities and museums.

The Upward Bound staff serve as role models and mentors to our students. They have established a very close working relationship with community agencies, target high school principals and personnel. They also work with parents through home visits and parent meetings.

Our Services

Upward Bound Services

  • Academic classes in basic skills (Reading, Math, English/Writing, Study Skills, Science, Life Skills)
  • Tutoring in areas where assistance is needed
  • Career development activities and career exploration
  • Participation in cultural enrichment activities
  • Individualized assessment, educational planning
  • College credit courses for seniors during the summer component
  • Community resource referral services

Who is Eligible?

Students in the target area high schools are eligible for Upward Bound if they:

  • First generation college students
  • Enrolled in 9th or 10th grades 
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • Students with academic potential/need

Staff

Barbara Ramirez, Director
barbara.ramirez@hccs.edu
713-718-7062

Donna Williams, Advisor
Milby, Chavez, & Sanchez HS
donna.williams@hccs.edu
713-718-7523

Deborah Decoteau, Administrative Assistant
deborah.decoteau@hccs.edu
713-718-7004

Office Hours

8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday during the academic year
Monday – Friday during six week Summer component