Mission Since 1966
The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program is designed to instill in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the high school and college graduation rates of program participants. Upward Bound is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to students from specific target high schools who meet federal eligibility requirements. The program enhances the intellectual, emotional, character and motivational development of each participant by offering rigorous academic instruction, counseling, support services, and an environment that recognizes individual differences and academic potential.
Kenneth Strait in as Montclair Municipal Judge
Kenneth Strait (1970 graduate of Upward Bound), who has served as municipal prosecutor through the past five years, was introduced as the township's next municipal judge during the council's Monday meeting. Strait will begin his three-year term on Sept. 21.
Two Rhode Island College Upward Bound Graduates Recognized as NEOA 2013 Achievers!
The 37th Annual NEOA Conference: Safeguarding Educational Opportunity: Strengthening Our Voice! was held April 10-12 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. Two Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program counselors, Claudia Erazo-Conrad and Charles Youn, Jr. ’04, served as Conference Co-Chairs.
During the conference, two RIC Upward Bound Program graduates were honored as NEOA Achievers. NEOA Achiever Awards are given to outstanding graduates of New England'’'s regional educational opportunity programs, TRIO and other educational opportunity programs alike.
Alberto Alponte Cardona, Esq., Upward Bound Class of ’82
Edward A. Cooley, Upward Bound Class of ’88
Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo was joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline to announce the college will be receiving over $622,000 in federal funding for its Upward Bound program.
Rhode Island College has the distinction of being one of the first public institutions of higher education to establish an Upward Bound Program. The single such project in Rhode Island since its inception in 1966, Upward Bound is designed to generate in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation necessary to complete high school and to enter and
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