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Where we foster excellence in education that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character, and abilities; to assist students in achieving their educational and career goals; and to be responsive to the greater community.

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Upward Bound Program



The Imperial Valley College Upward Bound programs provide academic support to improve the educational skills of local high school students attending the target schools. The main goal of the project is to improve the educational performance of students from low-income households and students who are potential first-generation college students. The project will provide the skills and motivation necessary for success at a community college or university. Students must be currently in the 9 th or 10 th grade to enroll in the Upward Bound program.

Participants receive instruction and tutoring in science, literature, composition, mathematics, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school. Services and activities are scheduled after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer Bridge and Summer Academy programs. Students need to be committed to participate in our engaging and empowering weekly project  activities. The student is expected to participate in the Upward Bound program until they graduate from high school and enroll in college.

Program Services

  •  Afterschool Academic Tutoring Services
  • University and Educational Field Trips
  • Career Exploration
  • UC San Diego Summer program (1-2 weeks)
  • Advice and Assistance in High School and College Course Selection
  • College Admission and Financial Aid application assistance
  • 6-week Summer Academy Courses (receive high school credit)
  • Counseling Services: Academic and Personal
  • Additional Support to students who are Limited English Proficient, Disabled, Homeless, Foster Care and Disconnected Youth Services
  • Summer Bridge at IVC for high school graduates (earn college credits and books/fees are paid)
  • Fun and Engaging events with students from Imperial County schools
  • STEMM Exploration and STEMM courses
  • Monthly stipend for participation in Tutoring and Saturday Events
  • & Much More!

Upward Bound Eligibility
Recruitment for the new academic year has commenced. We are currently looking to fill vacancies left by graduating Seniors.  The program will be recruiting from the following high schools for the vacancies:  Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, Central, Holtville, Imperial and Southwest. For any questions, please call 760-355-6256 or 760-355-6451.

  • All students must either be from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students (parents did not receive a bachelor's degree)
  • Eligible student must be enrolled in the 9 th or 10 th grade in the target schools
  • Participants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5
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Potential Students and Parents will be able to access an interest form in the link below or go directly to the Google Interest Survey. One of our staff members will contact you when we receive your information.

Click here to complete a short Google Survey Interest if you are interested in applying.Click here to download the Interest Form in PDF format if you are interested in applying.

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