Who We Are

TRIO Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college preparatory program created in 1965. It is designed to provide academic support, personal/career counseling, and cultural enrichment to participants who have the academic ability for completion of a post-secondary degree. Our goal is to encourage high school students with academic skills and motivation for success in post-secondary education. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Upward Bound Program offers a variety of resources and staff to help students towards their academic, personal, and career goals after high school. We have programs on the campuses of Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College, and Wabash Valley College.

Aim   High

Work   HARD

Dream   BIG

 

Academic Year Component

 

  • After-school college prep/counseling sessions 

  • Four Saturday workshops on a college campus

  • Financial aid and scholarship information and assistance 

  • Study skill and test prep assistance 

  • Individualized career/college, counseling, and information 

  • One overnight educational, college, cultural trips 

  • Leadership opportunities 

Summer Year Component

  • Academic instruction, counseling, and tutoring 

  • Social, recreational and leadership activities 

  • Enrollment in a three-credit hour course at Olney Central College or Wabash Valley College

  • College/ career information, activities, and guest speakers 

  • Weekly college field trips/college visits

  • Practical experience at an approved work site 

  • Educational, college, cultural trip to a major city in the United States

Summer Bridge Program

  • Enrollment in up to six (6) credit hours on any Illinois Eastern Community College Campus 

  • Social, recreational and leadership activities 

  • FREE summer trip 
     

Our students went to U of L during their summer trip!

Our students went to U of L during their summer trip!

Go Racers!

Go Racers!

On our 2019 Fall Trip, students were able to attend a Murray State Racers game. This is a picture of their AWESOME half time performance.

The Bean

The Bean

2019 Summer Trip to Chicago!

STEM

STEM

Tour, and hands on learning about STEM careers, at the local hospital.

Explore Purdue

Explore Purdue

Spring Trip, March 2019. Exploring Aviation at Purdue University!

Attaboy

Attaboy

Attaboy, a pop/rock band, joined our February Workshop!

The Big Blue Bus

The Big Blue Bus

OCC and LTC donated books to a traveling library for TRIO Day!

Future Salukis?

Future Salukis?

Some Juniors and Seniors on a Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus tour.

Graceland

Graceland

Summer Trip, July 2018, to Memphis!

Notre Dame-Fighting Irish

Notre Dame-Fighting Irish

Spring Trip, April 2018, to Notre Dame.

Marc Mero

Marc Mero

Our guest speaker at one of our workshops.