We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the UB Staff. Please email us with your questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upward Bound (UB)
Schools have closed to protect students and staff against the spread of COVID-19. UB understands the importance of these precautions and values the District’s decision. This means that UB will not be holding weekly meetings with students at the high school until cleared by the district. UB will be making every effort to give your youth the services and information that will allow your student to stay connected to the UB program, assist with college preparations and post-secondary plans. During this time, you and your students will be receiving more emails/phone calls than usual from UB since in person communication will be limited.
Technology and Workshops
Effective March 16th your student will be utilizing Zoom (video conferencing), remind text messages, or cell phones for weekly communication from UB staff. Upward Bound will continue to provide workshops and students will participate individually, or in groups on ZOOM. Students can reach out to Sarah Simpson via Remind if they are confused on the topics and need clarification on navigating ZOOM.
Along with the usual weekly communication, Upward Bound is currently looking into providing online tutoring support to help student’s complete high school assignments. More information will be provided if the online service becomes available. Parents, please encourage your student to be intentional about checking their email frequently, making sure they are reading any/all UB emails, remind notes and checking the UB home page for links to services and supports.
Please continue to check all UB platforms Zoom, remind, and email for updates and changes that may occur. Encourage your student to ask for help when needed and we will accommodate as best we can. This may not be the ideal situation, but these efforts will make it possible for students to continue to receive UB services while complying with District and Whatcom Community College policies surrounding health and safety during this time.
Welcome to Whatcom Community College TRIO Upward Bound!
Upward Bound students are carefully chosen for this unique experience. Our vision is to empower each student to become a leader, a person of accomplishment, and an excellent representative of the Upward Bound program for many years to come.
Who we serve
Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program created to assist high school students who are low-income (as defined by federal guidelines) and/or who have parents who have not received a four-year college degree.
Upward Bound students meet the following eligibility requirements
Are committed to remaining involved in the program until graduation from high school.
Are a 9th - 12th grader with an interest in pursuing a four-year college degree.
Are currently enrolled in the Nooksack Valley High School, Ferndale High School and Mount Baker High School districts.
Interested in joining Upward Bound?
Students interested in joining Upward Bound are required to complete an application and interview process. Hard copy and online application forms are available.
Application packets are provided by Upward Bound staff or may be picked up and dropped off at the following locations:
Nooksack Valley High School: Mrs. Wise in the Counseling Center
Ferndale High School: Mrs. Gholam in the Counseling Center
Mount Baker High School: School Counselors: Ms. Lee or Mr. Marston
Step 1: Complete Part 1 of the application with Upward Bound staff. Step 2: Complete all remaining sections of the application using the paper or online form. Step 3: Counselor or teachers complete student recommendation form. Step 4: All materials are submitted online, returned to school location, or turned into Upward Bound staff. Step 5: Upward Bound staff reviews application and obtains required signatures before students are invited to participate in the program
The Upward Bound program is a federal TRIO Program, funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education at $287,537