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Upward Bound program and new academic counselor on the UMFK campus

November 5, 2007


An announcement of the Upward Bound program and its new academic counselor Rene Laliberty was held in the Grindle conference room on November 1. Darylen Cote, Director of Upward Bound at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and the rest of her staff, was on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus to make the announcement.             

Since September 2007, the Upward Bound program, as a result of a collaborative effort with UMFK and Bowdoin College, serves students at all 16 Aroostook County high schools. With the TRiO Upward Bound grants, UMPI and UMPI/UMFK consortium are now funded to serve a total of 119 students each year.                         

The services that students receive from the program during an academic year are personalized school visits, academic advising, free tutoring, career exploration, college visits, SAT/ACT preparation, cultural events, workshops, fee waivers and monthly stipends.             

During the summer, Upward Bound provides a six-week program, which is held on the UMPI campus, where students get a little taste of what college is like. Upward Bound also offers a work experience component of the summer program, which is designed to provide students with real job experience in order to help them make decisions about future career fields.                        

The professional staff on the UMPI campus serves the Central Aroostook schools, while satellite offices at UMFK and the Houlton Higher Education Center serve students in the St. John Valley and southern Aroostook County.             

The Upward Bound program was created by the Higher Education Act of 1965. The program was designed to help overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. Funding for Upward Bound comes from Congress and is allocated by the United States Department of Education.              

The mission of the program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school.                              

If you are a high school student and are interested in the TRiO Upward Bound program, contact Rena Laliberty at 207-834-8624 or Darylen Cote from the UMPI campus at 207-768-9456.