Western Iowa Tech Community College
Upward Bound

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound program is a federally funded program designed to assist high school students in developing academic skills and provide personal support to successfully complete high school. The Upward Bound program serves seven area communities including: Hinton, Lawton, Westwood, Whiting, West Monona, Denison and Homer. 

Students meet with an Upward Bound Educational Coordinator each month to complete academic sessions with topics including: 

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Search and Exploration
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Individual Mentoring
  • Tutoring Services
  • Test Prep
  • Social Skills

Upward Bound Summer Program

During the summer, Upward Bound students are invited to attend a 6-week residential summer program. The summer program consists of 4 academic courses, elective sessions and group activities. The summer program is held on the Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City campus. 

Application Requirements

To participate in the Upward Bound Program, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Students enrolled in the 9th-11th grade at one of our service schools
  • Students who are first generation college-bound (neither parent has earned a 4-year college degree)
  • Income eligible based on the U.S. Department of Education income guidelines
  • Students who have a 2.5 GPA
  • Eighth grade students may apply during the Spring semester before entering their Freshman year of high school

Upward Bound Application Link