Through the Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), LNESC is able to operate the Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, and Talent Search programs. TRIO programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
LNESC's Upward Bound program specifically 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 as well as high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
According to data from the Department of Education, nationally 91% of Upward Bound participants who graduate from high school enroll in a post-secondary degree program the year of their graduation. This is compared to 41% of students not enrolled in an Upward Bound program.
LNESC’s Miami, Florida Upward Bound program is an example of this success, as 89% of all participants passed both English and Math state-based comprehensive standardized tests, far exceeding the goal of 60% improvement.
Furthermore in Albuquerque, New Mexico our Upward Bound program sent close to 90% of its seniors to college; a rate much higher than the state average and from an area commonly referred to as the "war zone" due to drug violence.
In addition to the Upward Bound program, LNESC also operates three Upward Bound Math & Science programs. The Upward Bound Math & Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science. We seek to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.