Academic Institute of Central Carolina Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound Purpose

The newly funded Upward Bound Program at the Academic Institute of Central Carolina provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and college completion. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll into and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.  Upward Bound supplement the student’s high school experience with academic preparation, career exploration, and self-development opportunities.

Upward Bound strives to provide academic challenges and emotional and social support in order to raise participants’ self-concept, enhance their self-development and achieve their full potential. Starting at enrollment, students are encouraged to remain in the program and to achieve success in their academic and personal development throughout their high school careers into college.  Students remain in the program from the time of their acceptance starting from 9th grade until their high school graduation. When they leave the program and enroll into college, the staff still continues to track them, and provide coordinating services with other colleges on their behalf.


Upward Bound is 100% federally funded by the U. S. Department of Education for eligible high school students who aspire toward higher education. Upward Bound is part of the TRiO family of federally funded programs.