Upward Bound is a college access program based at Evergreen College. The program serves low income students, students of color, and “first generation” students – those who are the first in their family to attend college. Some of the services Upward Bound offers college-going students are tutoring, mentoring, FAFSA/WASFA support, test pre support, after-school and summer programs, college advising, scholarship support, stipends for good grades, field trips and events.
Recently, Upward Bound received a $40,000 US Dept. of Education grant to increase STEM programming for select students in Lakewood, Tacoma and Shelton. As a result of the increased funding, Evergreen College created the iSTEM program – modeled after iBEST adult education program. iSTEM enables students to earn up to 5 college credits in the Evergreen STEM 101 course, Introduction to Engineering. Students also have the opportunity to attend STEM field trips and to earn special consideration for admission to Evergreen College, which also makes their applications to other colleges more competitive. For more information about the iSTEM program or about Upward Bound, please contact Riva Villa, Director, at the Evergreen College Office: 360-867-5176.
This content was contributed by Dr. Lorie Thompson for the STEM/RALLY newsletter. Subscribe to STEM/RALLY for monthly articles delivered to your inbox.