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. The Dyersburg State Upward Bound Program serves: high school students from four local high schools who are low-income families; first generation in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree; and these students who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. 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.
Dyersburg State Community College
Upward Bound Program
1510 Lake Road
Security Bank Community Learning Center Building
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program designed to implement more educational opportunities for areas of the United States underrepresented by students enrolled in higher education.
Dyersburg State's Upward Bound program provides academic tutoring, career and social counseling, college preparation, and cultural enrichment activities to students from Peabody, Halls, Dyer County and Lake County high schools. In addition to participating in events such as the state level TASP Scholar's Bowl, Dyersburg State's Upward Bound program hosts a summer "College Experience" program that offers high school students the opportunity of advanced studies in many high school academic subject areas, including foreign language, ACT test preparation, math, science, lauguage arts and computer training. Throughout the year, participants visit many regional and state colleges and universities where they receive information about enrollment and scholarship application.
Seventy-four students from the four schools are current Upward Bound participants, and enrollment is limited to first-generation college students who show some financial need and college aptitude. Students must have completed the 9th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be first-generation college students. Students are selected based on recommendations from local educators, school councelors, social workers, clergy, or other interested parties.
On August 9, 2012 the DSCC Upward Bound received the official notice that the United States Department of Education had approved the Upward Bound Program grant application for funding commencing on September 1, 2012, and the award is anticipated to continue for five years. This grant cycle will increase the students served from the four current schools, Dyer County High School, Halls High School, Lake County High School and Trenton Peabody High school, from the previous 57 students to 74 students. The program funding also increased to serve these additional students from an annual budget of $286,038.00 to $309.948.00. Dyersburg State and the Upward Bound Staff are excited to continue serving the future college ready needs of these area high school students.