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College Preparatory Program for High School Students

The Upward Bound Program is one of the federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program designed to assist eligible high school students in developing the academic skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and enter and complete college.


The national program was launched in 1965.  Today, there are over 800 Upward Bound Programs in the United States. The Rochester Community and Technical College Upward Bound Program began in March of 1993 with is first graduating class in 1995.

Currently, the RCTC program serves 60 students from Rochester John Marshall, Mayo, and Century High Schools. Most of the students start the program after completing eighth grade, and participate in the program until they graduate from high school.


"Upward Bound helps me with major decisions on what do I really want to be when I grow up, where do I want to go to college and they help me with my homework which helps a lot.  The program gives opportunities to try now different things & ideas." 

-Elora, Century High School

"In my family, we are all trying to get by each day.  Education is a very important element to my family and they would love to see me graduate and go to a great college.  Upward Bound is helping me learn more about my capabilities and what I want to do with my life.  Everyone is very supportive and encouraging.  We visit colleges and learn more about the different types of colleges and careers.  They help us find scholarships and never stop believing in us."

-Brittany, John Marshall High School

"The most important thing in my life right now is education.  I am very interested in learning and discovering new things.  Upward Bound has helped me realize how important it really is to be educated.  They helped get me on track and stay on the road to success.  I would not have these kinds of opportunities without them. I love being in this program." 

-Amanda, Mayo High School            

RCTC Upward Bound Program
851 30th Avenue, SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: (507) 280-5002
Fax: (507) 280-5000

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015    www.rctc.edu/100th
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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