Upward Bound

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.

Upward Bound is an academic pre-college initiative designed to prepare low-income/first generation high school students for success in higher education.

The program serves more than 80 students in grades 9 through 12 from Battle Creek area schools.

The purpose of the Mid American Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel shall be to bring together into a work and study community those persons who have an active interest in or who are professionally involved in broadening accessibility to and success in formal postsecondary education. Although the Association will have a broad base of student concern, it will be particularly concerned about those students who by reason of socioeconomic station, ethnic definition, physical handicap and/or restricted cultural educational experiences find themselves in a position of disadvantage with traditional mainstream American 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
Email: upwardbound@kellogg.edu

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.