SAC Upward Bound Program Receives $1.28 Million Education Grant
The Department of Education has awarded a new $1.28 million grant to help fund the Upward Bound program at San Antonio College for the next five years. The news was announced when the department publicized its Fiscal Year grants for 2017.
The Upward Bound program's mission is to increase the rate at which students complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The program is aligned with Fox Tech High School and newly added Burbank High School.
"We would like to acknowledge our great partnership with the Upward Bound - Math and Science Grant program, as they helped us prepare for our summer activities," said program coordinator Melissa Zepeda. "We are grateful for all the support that President Robert Vela, Vice President of Student Success Lisa Alcorta, and Interim Dean of Student Success Richard Farias have given us on this journey."
Zepeda also thanked grant manager Susan Espinoza and grant monitor Judy Rivas for their hard work and dedication.
In addition, Zepeda, along senior advisor Erica Cortez, added that they were excited to begin a new five-year journey with students who participate in Upward Bound.