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Director, Jon Graves

Office: (503) 325-2898
Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00 am-5:00 pm


Dear Talent Search and Upward Bound Students and Families,
Our staff is working and here to try to answer questions and talk with you.  The easiest ways to reach us is by clicking on the Schedule an Appointment button above or the email addresses listed below. Again, we are here for you in these troubling times. We might not have all the answers, but please be helpful.  Keep washing your hands!
Jon Graves, Pre-College TRIO Director


Pre-college TRIO staff Matt Bisek

Matt Bisek

College/Career Advisor at
Warrenton High School
Cell #952-200-7106

Troy Henri

College/Career Advisor at
Seaside High School
Cell #503-349-9668

Meredith Payton

College/Career Advisor at
Astoria High School
Cell #208-596-1010

Upward Bound



Upward Bound (UB) at CCC serves 73 students from 9th – 12th grade in cooperation with the Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside school districts. Our mission is to help students gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in high school, go on to college and graduate college. We recognize that parent, school and community involvement are crucial to the success of the program and the students.  Clatsop Community College’s Upward Bound program is 100% funded by a US Department of Education grant in the amount of $353,059.  

Watch our virtual campus tours

We are excited to announce our 2021 Virtual Campus Visits for all 9th-12th grade students  

  • No registration required. 
  • Please join us via Zoom for any of the campus visits by clicking here
  • For a .pdf of the flyer, please click here



Upward Bound Summer Academy 

June 21-July 29, 2021


We are excited to plan for the next Upward Bound Summer Academy (UBSA).  It will start Monday, June 21, and run for 6 weeks at Clatsop Community College's main campus.  UBSA is daily (9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday) with field trips on Fridays.  9th-11th grade UB students are expected to attend and transportation & meals (breakfast & lunch) are provided.


UBSA is a college simulation program, providing students with intensive academic support and hands-on learning.  Students work in project groups designed to cover core subjects like science, writing and math in an experiential learning format.


Project Groups this year will include Game Theory, Reconnect & Reflect/Play & Ponder (theater games), Sunscreen & Scribbles (art) and Wilderness Survival & Stewardship.


It also includes instruction in:

  • Foreign Language – this year will be American Sign Language
  • Math - ALEKS
  • Science – robotics computer coding
  • English & Literature


To get an inside look at what a day at Summer Academy is like, please click on the video above -  “What is UB Summer Academy?”.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Advisor. We look forward to a great summer at UBSA!


Past Year - Project Groups:

Ecology in Action

Astoria eHistory Hunt

Improv Bound

Alternative Energy & Solar Panels

  1. Maximize their academic skills, succeed in high school classes and be prepared for college. 
  2. Learn how to navigate the educational system -- all the requirements, deadlines and processes. 
  3. Get in-depth information about career choices and educational options. 
  4. Set individual educational and career goals and plans. 
  5. Take and succeed in core classes that build a foundation for postsecondary education. 
  6. Graduate from high school. 
  7. Enroll in a postsecondary program and continue to graduation.

Student Benefits 

Upward Bound helps students create a vision for their future success by offering: 

  • Academic support in the form of tutoring, supplemental workshops and educational planning; 
  • The opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career and educational opportunities by visiting work sites and colleges; 
  • The opportunity to develop self-management and leadership skills; 
  • The chance to attend cultural activities; 
  • Assistance with college admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications, and standardized test preparation; 
  • Help with planning appropriate classes in high school in order to ease the transition into post-secondary education.

Students must commit to all aspects of Upward Bound in order to remain in the program. These include: 

  • Individual and Group Meetings: These meetings are for academic advising, educational planning, and other support activities and may be arranged by the program coordinator, by appointment, or by announcement. 
  • Supplemental Instruction: Students may be required to attend tutoring sessions or Saturday workshops to strengthen their academic skills. 
  • Upward Bound Summer Academy: All students are expected to participate in a summer program. Freshman, sophomore and junior students must attend the Upward Bound Summer Academy. This six-week program is an excellent opportunity for students to experience life on a college campus. The program offers hands-on learning; the opportunity to work with other students and community organizations; and academic support to prepare for the coming school year. 
  • Summer Bridge Program: Seniors are strongly encouraged to participate in the Summer Bridge program. This program pays for recent graduates to take summer classes at Clatsop Community College. This is a great way to get ahead before the freshman year of college.

Parent involvement increases students’ success. We help parents take an active role in their student’s success by: 

  • Being available to answer questions about high school achievement and college preparation; 
  • Providing parent informational workshops at key times in your student’s high school career; 
  • Assisting with federal applications for financial aid and other important forms and applications.

Students enrolled in the 9th-12th grades at Astoria, Seaside and Warrenton High Schools who meet the following criteria: 

  • Have academic potential, but show demonstrated academic need; 
  • Plan to attend college; 
  • Meet federal income requirements for limited income families; or are first generation in their family to go to college (neither parent has a 4-year college degree); 
  • Will commit to participating in all aspects of the UB program.

Need help with math? Could you use a time and place to focus on homework? Upward Bound can help find tutoring as needed in math or other subjects. 


School-Sponsored  Tutoring Opportunities 

Most schools provide tutoring and homework labs. These sessions are generally open to anyone who attends the school, including Upward Bound students. Check with your school's principal or counseling office to find out if tutoring is offered. These are some of the currently scheduled sessions:


School Times & Locations

Warrenton High School

Mondays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library

Knappa High School

Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library and Spanish Classroom

Seaside High School

Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. in the Library

Astoria High School

Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. in the Library

Jon Graves, Director


Meredith Payton, Astoria High School

Matt Bisek, Warrenton High School

Troy Henri, Seaside High School


Laurel Fleet, Program Assistant

Katherine Johnson, PT Administrative Assistant

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