$4 Million Awarded To CSUSB’s Upward Bound
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Cal State San Bernardino’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math have been awarded $4,023,440 in federal funding for their programs to help students in San Bernardino and Rialto graduate from high school, and enroll and graduate from college.
The funding, which is for five years starting in 2018, is under the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program, one of eight Federal TRIO programs offering outreach and program services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities, to advance through the academic pipeline.
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science were signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson as part of his War on Poverty.
CSUSB’s Upward Bound serves 200 students in 9th through 12th grade enrolled at Arroyo Valley, Carter, Eisenhower, Pacific, Rialto and San Bernardino high schools that within either the San Bernardino City Unified or Rialto Unified School districts.
The goal of CSUSB’s Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. This is achieved by providing participants with fundamental support in their preparation for high school graduation and college entrance.
“As a TRIO alumna myself, I know first-hand the impact that TRIO programs have on first-generation, low-income students,” said Dalia Hernández, director of Upward Bound. “Upward Bound and other programs like it are a much-needed resource in our region. Our Upward Bound programs here at CSUSB have had an impact in increasing high school graduation, college readiness and college enrollment and completion. TRIO works.”
Program services include instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language; information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits; guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry, alternative education programs or entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education; and exposure to STEM and other opportunities traditionally unavailable to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Upward Bound helped prepare program participant Julio Lopez for college.
“Because of Upward Bound, I am attending Cornell University this fall,” said Lopez, a 2017 Upward Bound alumnus.
Program alumnus Luis Portobanco gained knowledge about the college system through Upward Bound. He graduated from CSUSB in 2016 with a degree in communication, focusing in public relations and human communication.
“Before Upward Bound, I didn’t know what college was,” Portobanco said. “I thought I was going to do what my brothers did and just get my high school diploma and go straight to work.”
Visit the CSUSB Upward Bound website at https://www.csusb.edu/upward-bound for more information about the program.
About Cal State San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate program in educational leadership. Every one of its academic programs that is eligible has earned national accreditation. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. More than 80 percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.
For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.