CCC Upward Bound Program Extended

Clatsop Community College has received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education that continues funding for its Upward Bound Program. The grant is for $305,486 a year for a total of 5 years.  Upward Bound is one of three federally-funded TRiO programs at Clatsop Community College.  Upward Bound works in Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside High Schools in Clatsop County.  The other CCC TRiO programs are Talent Search, which also works with high school students, and Student Support Services, which works with college students. The Pre-College TRiO programs work with low-income and potential first-generation college students and focus on academic achievement, college and career preparation, financial aid for post-secondary education, student advocacy and community/cultural exposure.  In addition, tutoring services and skill-building workshops are provided. 

Marissa McGuire is a current Clatsop Community College students.  She says, “Pre-College TRiO was so much fun and helpful!  I would have been lost my senior year in high school without my College/Career Advisor.  I always had support with looking at colleges, financial aid, and basically anything I needed in school.  From studying, to checking on whether I did my homework or just needing a pen, Pre-College TRiO was always there for me.”  Marissa is currently in CCC’s Student Support Services program.

Upward Bound not only provides students with information and academic support, but matches students with an adult advocate who serves as their Advisor.  The relationships built from this pairing can be transformative as high school presents many challenges for students that Upward Bound Advisors can be helpful with.  All Pre-College TRiO Advisors seek to know the students on their caseloads, but Upward Bound Advisors in particular provide many counseling and advising services that extend beyond college and career planning.  With just 73 students in Upward Bound in Clatsop County high schools, small caseloads allow these College/Career Advisors meet weekly with each student and are able to create strong relationships.  

Beth Frausto, counselor at Astoria High School says, “Upward Bound provides students an additional advocate in schools who can assist them in a multitude of ways, guiding each student to reach their unique goals, while supporting them both academically and personally.  This program has become an integral part of Astoria High School and I am ecstatic to know that future students will continue to benefit from this program.”

Clatsop Community College has had an Upward Bound program since 1992.  Continuation of the grant means that these students will have all the information and support that they will need to go to college, pick the college that meets their needs, and have a good idea of possible careers to pursue. 

"The TRiO programs provide additional guidance and mentorship to talented students with high goals and determination.  The services offered to these students help support them through educational outreach and academic counseling in order to maximize their potential and blaze a trail forward to achieve their goals.  We are very grateful for the continued partnership Astoria High School will have with these programs."  Lynn Jackson, Principal at Astoria High School.

Over the last 4 years, 83% of Upward Bound students started college the fall after high school graduation.  The United States college going rate the fall after high school graduation is 68%.  100% of the Upward Bound students have graduated from our local High Schools in the past 4 years.

Please direct inquiries to Jon Graves, Director Upward Bound & Talent Search, 503-325-2898


Clatsop Community College’s Upward Bound program is 100% funded by a federal grant in the amount of $305,486.

Photo : (L-R) Upward Bound students Kathy Perez, Senayda Afornorpe, Nayeli Lopez



It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Hall, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in Towler Hall, Suite 110, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Lisa Deneen, is located in Towler312b, 503-338-2474.

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Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Hall, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Towler Hall número 110, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Lisa Deneen, se encuentra en Towler numero 312b, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.


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