RLC's Upward Bound program is a federally funded college preparatory program for high school students. It's designed to provide academic support, personal/career counseling, and cultural/social enrichment to participants who have the academic ability to be successful in college. Services are provided to students during the academic year, as well as a summer program and summer bridge component.
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Academic Year ▼
The ACADEMIC YEAR component emphasizes academic achievement, team building and goal setting activities that include:
Weekly tutorial sessions at the student's target high school with Upward Bound staff members.
Financial aid and scholarship assistance for high school seniors.
Monthly Saturday workshops designed to foster cultural, social, community service, academic and career skills.
Monthly stipend based on student’s grades, participation in program activities, attitude and behavior.
Summer Program ▼
The SUMMER PROGRAM is the most intensive aspect of the Upward Bound year. This component includes:
One week residential program at Rend Lake College; students will be housed in RLC apartments located south of campus.
Five weeks of classes (Monday through Thursday) at the Rend Lake College campus. Classes include Math, English, Foreign Language, Lab Science and various electives intended to promote academic success. Students may receive one college credit hour per Upward Bound class.
Career Internships (Fridays); students who have completed the 10th or 11th grade are given the opportunity to job shadow a professional at an approved internship location.
Monthly summer stipend based on student’s grades, participation in classes, attendance, activities and career internship.
End of the year reward trip to a major city which include campus tours, special events, cultural and recreational activities.
Summer Bridge Component ▼
The SUMMER BRIDGE COMPONENT gives students who have graduated from high school the previous semester the opportunity to attend classes at RLC campus. This component includes:
Enrollment in up to three (3) college credit hours paid for by RLC Upward Bound.
Paid books and fees for summer RLC classes
Monthly stipend based on student’s grades in college classes.
Any student - ages 13-19 - attending Benton, Hamilton County, Zeigler-Royalton or Mt. Vernon high schools who has completed 8th grade but has not yet entered 12th grade is eligible.
Also, students must meet one or more of the following guidelines: ▼
Demonstrate the academic potential and desire to complete a college degree.
Meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent having a bachelor's degree).
Is a citizen or national of the United States.
Is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident.
Academic instruction in college-prep math, lab sciences, English, foreign language and computer classes
Individual tutoring/counseling sessions
Career counseling, financial aid and college application assistance
College campus vistis
Cultural and teambuilding actiities/field trips
Test prep assistance
All activities are provided at NO COST TO THE STUDENT.
Student Support Services is a grant developed in 1965 under Title IV of the Higher Education and Cooperation Act and is administered by the U. S. Department of Education. There are over 900 Student Support Services programs serving college students nationwide. Rend Lake College was awarded a TRIO Student Support Services grant for the first time in 1997.