Montana Tech's Upward Bound Program Celebrating 25 years of Impact

06/24/2019

This summer, Montana Tech’s Upward Bound program will celebrate 25 years of providing scholars a pre-college environment to prepare them for success in earning degrees and establishing upward economic mobility for themselves.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Upward Bound at Montana Tech (TRIO MTUB) began in 1993 to help high school students from Anaconda, Butte and Helena prepare for success in college.

Currently, TRIO MTUB has 69 scholars who meet weekly with a staff member. Freshmen and sophomores focus on creating a cohort with the goal of college success. This team builds skills to be competitive within their current coursework and merit based scholarships in the future. Juniors focus on coursework that will prepare them for success in their education beyond high school, begin to complete scholarships and college application essays. Seniors focus on dual credit courses, college applications, financial aid, housing and employment options.

Scholars attend school regularly and achieve within the academic setting, participate in serving the community in which they live, and gain a work ethic that ensures success beyond high school. TRIO MTUB staff meet weekly with scholars, work with them as individuals to be successful and as a team to be motivated to do what it takes to be ready for college success.

Scholars also spend six-weeks each summer of their high school career, living at Montana Tech while participating in a Summer Academy that is credit bearing and includes extensive travel to in and out of state colleges.

Over the past 25 years, the Upward Bound program at Montana Tech has served approximately 3,000 students and teachers. From 2008-2012, the services expanded to Superior, Plains, Thompson Falls, Alberton, Ennis, Whitehall, Sheridan and Twin Bridges. Today an additional grant supports a Math Science Upward Bound Program serving an additional 60 Butte High students. The total impact of the program has been over $9 million dollars. “It has been an honor to invest such a large amount of federal resources into our local students and we have seen the return on investment, as 88% of students served have entered into and completed college,” reports Amy Verlanic, the director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities, where the Upward Bound programs reside at Montana Tech.

To celebrate, Upward Bound will host a banquet featuring an alumni panel on Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 PM, followed by a reception at 7:00 PM at the Copper King for former students, staff and stakeholders.