Upward Bound receives $1.3 million grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Centralia College nearly $1.3 million over five years to support the TRIO Upward Bound program for high school students in Lewis and south Thurston counties.

For Centralia College, this is the third TRIO program funded in the last three years. Over all three grants (Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Talent Search), Centralia College TRIO programs have received close to $5 million to provide support more than 1,000 middle school, high school, and college students annually.

Upward Bound currently serves 50 high school students in Centralia, Rochester, and Toledo. All of those students are low-income or from parents with no bachelor’s degrees.

“These funds allow us to provide academic monitoring and advising, career exploration, and help with college planning and applications or with financial aid and scholarships,” said Liisa Preslan, Centralia College TRIO director. “Students with this additional support experience higher graduation rates and are twice as likely to attend college than similar students without support. It changes lives.”

Over the last three years, 98 percent of Upward Bound students have graduated from high school and 86 percent have gone on to college.

Centralia College has offered the program since 2007.

For more information on TRIO programs at Centralia College, call 360-623-8968 or stop by the TRIO office on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons building.

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