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Montana Tech's Upward Bound Program Announces Continued Funding


6/14/2012

Montana Tech’s Institute for Educational Opportunities was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education $1,430,481 grant to continue the Montana Tech Upward Bound Program which serves high school students in Anaconda, Butte and Helena. Upward Bound was established in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson through the Higher Education Act of 1965. The mission of Upward Bound is to provide low income first generation college bound students the skills and motivation necessary for entrance into and matriculation through postsecondary education.

These funds will provide services in the areas of academic advising and tutoring, career exploration, campus visits, financial aid awareness and assistance, personal growth and cultural awareness. Additionally, a 6 week summer academy is offered on the Montana Tech campus. The program will serve 60-70 students enrolled at Anaconda, Butte, Helena and Capital High Schools.

Over the past 20 years, 88% of the graduates from the program have earned post-secondary degrees. That’s 10 times the 2010 national average for 6 year degree attainment by low income students.

Congressman Denny Rehberg recently acknowledged the success of the program and noted that "The Upward Bound Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to get a head start on a college education" and that "Any program that can help Montana students get ahead in the classroom is a good investment."

Praise was also given by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus. Mr. Tester stated that "...those who are the first in their families to attend college will benefit from this program….and they will be able to take the first steps towards building a successful future." Mr. Baucus stated that he was pleased that funding for Upward Bound will continue at Montana Tech. He concluded that "Together we can ensure a bright future for our young people and keep Montana the best place to live, work and raise a family."

For more information please contact Amy Verlanic at 496-4289 or averlanic@mtech.edu.