TRIO Upward Bound Back at IHCC

OTTUMWA-Indian Hills Community College was recently awarded a federal grant to help qualified high school students achieve their educational goals.


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, IHCC’s TRIO Upward Bound program will identify 60 students per year from Centerville High School and Ottumwa High School and will assist them with graduating high school and enrolling in college. This particular program targets students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and first-generation college students.


“It’s very exciting to have TRIO Upward Bound back at the Indian Hills campus. The new Upward Bound Program will expand the current college and career readiness programming going on at Ottumwa and Centerville High Schools, and provide a summer college-like, academic enrichment program for those students most in need,” said Dr. Nancy Nelson, Director of Pre-College TRIO Programs. “This will be a life-changing experience for them.”


IHCC’s Upward Bound program will offer programming during the school year and summer. While in school, participants will take part in afterschool sessions and Saturday seminars focused on educational success, afterschool tutoring and personal advising. In the summer they will attend a six-week, residential summer program on the IHCC campus that simulates a real college experience.


Other activities offered by Upward Bound will include college visits, cultural event field trips, connections to dual enrollment opportunities, parent workshops and numerous other services. Students will also be incentivized to actively participate in the program. By attending Upward Bound activities regularly and earning good grades, students will earn a monthly stipend.


With the grant IHCC will receive $257,500 per year for an anticipated five years. IHCC is one of ten colleges in Iowa to receive funding through the TRIO Upward Bound program and is one of only two new programs in the state.