Upward Bound Program

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Century College Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO Program designed to help high school students reach college by providing academic guidance and personal support.

Program services

Upward Bound provides year-round services to enrolled participants throughout their high school career including:

  • Academic Year Services:
    • Weekly After School Tutoring
    • Individual Academic Advising
    • College & University Campus Tours
    • Career Exploration Activities
    • Cultural Fieldtrips & Events
  • Workshops:
    • Study Skills
    • Career Exploration
    • ACT
    • Financial Aid/Scholarships
    • College Applications
    • High School to College Transitioning
  • Summer Services
    • Six - Week College Campus Academic Enrichment

    High schools served

    Century College Upward Bound Program partners with three St. Paul Public High Schools:


    Century College Upward Bound is FREE to eligible participants.


    • Ninth or tenth grade students who attend (or will be attending) Como, Harding, or Johnson High school
    • Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 (as a ninth grader) or 2.5 (as a tenth grader)
    • Students from families who meet federal income guidelines and/or families where neither parent has a four-year college degree
    • Students who are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

    Application information

    Program space is limited to a total of 66 students. Students interested in applying for the program should complete the following steps:

    • Print a copy of the Upward Bound Application
    • Review the information with your parent or guardian.
    • Contact the Upward Bound Office if you have questions (see contact information below).
    • Complete the Student Section and questionnaire form.
    • Complete the Parent section.
    • Give teacher nominators forms to two teachers.
    • Request a copy of your current transcript from your guidance counselor.
    • Compile all the application materials.
    • Deliver completed application materials to the main office at Como, Harding or Johnson High School and ask them to put in the Upward Bound mailbox.


    Century College Upward Bound
    3300 Century Avenue North
    White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    Phone: (651) 779-3328
    Fax: (651)779-5807

    Program Staff

    Yia Lor
    Phone: 651.779.3287
    Caroline Church
    Assistant Director
    Phone: 651.779.3255
    Maureen Hessler
    Administrative Specialist
    Phone: 651.779.3328
    Krystle Igbo-Ogbonna
    Phone: 651.779.3473
    Bee Moua
    Phone: 651.779.3357