TRiO Upward Bound inducted 40 high school students into its program during a special ceremony at Big Bend Community College Tuesday night.

Big Bend Community College's TRiO Upward Bound inducts 40 new members

Students from Moses Lake, Warden, Royal City and Othello high schools were welcomed

For Goodness Sake Posted on Apr 18, 2018
­­Forty high school students from Grant and Adams counties were formally welcomed into Big Bend Community College’s TRiO Upward Bound Program Tuesday night.

The program aims to get more high school students into college, and by joining Upward Bound, students are pledging their commitment to pursuing a college education. That commitment is a big deal, and deserves to be recognized, said Big Bend TRiO Upward Bound Director Anita De Leon. “You should be very proud, you were handpicked for this,” she told students. “I can’t wait to see you grow and develop into confident young adults.”

This year’s inductees come from Moses Lake, Warden, Royal City and Othello high schools. Students were individually celebrated before coming together to take their official Upward Bound oath, which was delivered by Superior Court Judge David Estudillo.

They also heard from BBCC President Dr. Terry Leas, and from former TRiO Upward Bound graduate and current Big Bend STEM Coordinator Veronica Guadarrama, who spoke about her experiences with the program.

De Leon said the Upward Bound program at Big Bend has been on campus since 1967 and is one of the oldest Upward Bound programs in the nation. The program helps students who are from low-income backgrounds and who are often first-generation college students, with anything and everything college related.

“Whether you need help picking out classes, or help with advising, both academic and personal, we’re here for you,” said De Leon. “We are truly a family here.”

The program also helps students by providing tutoring, assistance with college and financial aid applications and SAT/ACT preparation, among other services to students. In addition, students participate in the TRiO Upward Bound Summer Academy each year, which is held on the Big Bend campus.

The program is currently serving 119 students this academic year.