TRIO Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound students pose for a group photo on the front stairs of KCC's North Avenue campus in Battle Creek in 2017.The Upward Bound Program is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Description

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

The program serves more than 80 students in grades 9 through 12 from Battle Creek Central High School.

About the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA)

The Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit consortium of professionals with the specific purpose of leveling the playing field of educational opportunity for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, disabled students and veterans. EOA is made up of eight chapter associations in the Midwest: Illinois TRIO, Indiana TRIO, Iowa TRIO, Michigan College Access Program Personnel, Minnesota TRIO, Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska (MOKANE), Ohio TRIO and Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. (See the Chapters & EOA Board Contact Information page for more information.)

EOA is the representative body of those persons who have an active interest or who are professionally involved in broadening accessibility to and success in formal postsecondary education. This includes many colleges, universities and agencies that host educational opportunity programs, including TRIO programs, within the 10 states in the Midwest. Formally established in 1975, EOA (formerly known as the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel – MAEOPP) represents professional educators in more than 615 different programs throughout the Midwest and reaches more than 165,532 students.

Upward Bound Services

Academic Year

  • Academic tutoring in college preparatory courses
  • Academic, personal and career assessment advising
  • College visitation/cultural events
  • Volunteerism

Bridge Component

  • Tuition at no cost for six credit hours at Kellogg Community College for eligible recent graduates of Upward Bound
  • Free textbooks for courses taken during the bridge component
  • Academic assessment and support services provided at no cost by the KCC Division of Student Services
  • The Bridge Component is a division of Student Support Services

Summer Academy

  • Academic instruction in college preparatory courses
  • Study skills, college planning and career exploration courses
  • College tours, social and cultural events

Online Resources


Phone: 269-213-3549
Fax: 269-565-2079

Office Hours (at Battle Creek Central High School)

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours (at KCC’s North Avenue campus)

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.