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Upward Bound Program awarded $3.86 million in federal grants

The Central Lakes College Upward Bound Program will be able to help more area high school students transform into college students thanks to three federal grants totaling $3.86 million over five years.

Two grants – the Mille Lacs County Upward Bound Grant and the Todd County Upward Bound Grant – are current grants for CLC that are being renewed. New is a Crow Wing County Upward Bound Grant that will directly impact students at Brainerd High School.

With the funds, CLC will hire an assistant director of Upward Bound and two additional academic advisors to assist students. The Upward Bound program provides educational services to modest income and first generation high school students who potentially would be the first generation to graduate from a 4-year college and to equip them in graduating from high school, enrolling into a college or university, and completing their post-secondary education.

“The competition for TRIO Upward Bound program grants is extremely competitive nation wide. We are very fortunate to have been awarded a third TRIO Upward Bound grant,” said Charles Black Lance, Director of TRIO Programs at CLC. “We serve students during the academic year in their respective high schools, as well as during the summer as part of our Academic Summer Program, which is held on the Central Lakes College.

Interested in joining Upward Bound? It’s free for participants. More information: www.clcmn.edu/trio-upward-bound-3/

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