June 07, 2022
Bevill State Community College’s TRIO program—Upward Bound (UB)—has been renewed. The total award for all programs combined is a little over $1.2 million a year from the Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. This grant assures the programs’ continuation for the next five years, through 2027.
Upward Bound, one of five federally funded TRIO Programs at Bevill State, serves a total of 27 high schools, approximately 262 students in grades 10-12, in the College’s seven-county service area. The primary goal of the Bevill State UB Programs is providing services to its participants that will assist them in preparing for and achieving success in an institution of higher learning. Selection criteria for Upward Bound participants include: income-eligible, potential first-generation college student, and academic need. Two-thirds of the selected participants must be both income-eligible and a potential first- generation college student with academic need.
“The Upward Bound program provides critical support for students preparing for higher education, and this funding will go a long way to help students in the Bevill State service area succeed,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College. “BSCC is proud of the UB Staff for their continued success in these vital programs. Additionally, the College’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants staff were instrumental in ensuring the quality and depth of the grant renewal submission was outcome-driven, fiscally sound, and impactful.”
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to eligible participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Services provided include:
About Bevill State Community College (BSCC):
Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year, "open door" institution, committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond. Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System. Bevill State's four main campuses, and one instructional site, offer university parallel and applied technology educational opportunities to over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area. This service area spans over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line.