TRIO: Upward Bound

Upward Bound is an equal opportunity, federally funded, U.S. Department of Education TRiO program, providing free college readiness programming for high school students whose family's taxable income meets federal low income guidelines, and/or whose parents did not earn a bachelor's degree (student would be the first generation in their family to graduate with a bachelor's degree).

The Hibbing Community College Climb Upward Bound (HCC CUB) program provides academic and life skills advising as well as social, cultural, and recreational activities designed to build student’s academic skills, motivation, and the self-confidence necessary to succeed in college. HCC CUB serves 50 low-income and/or first-generation students from Hibbing, Chisholm, and Nashwauk-Keewatin School high schools.

Students may be accepted into Upward Bound once they have completed 8th grade, or prior to completing 11th grade. Once accepted into Upward Bound, a student stays in the program all throughout high school.

Program Objectives

  • Improve student’s academic skills.
  • Provide educational opportunities not often available to low-income, would-be college-bound first generation youth.
  • Motivate students to pursue collegiate or vocational training upon completion of high school.
  • Enhance student’s personal, cultural, social and academic awareness and development.
  • Assist students and parents with college and financial aid application processes.


Academic Year Services include, but are not limited to: tutoring/study sessions, academic and life skills advising, college visits, cultural experiences, ACT preparation, and monitoring and tracking of student academic progress. HCC CUB students receive assistance with college and career research and selection, college admissions processes, and completion of financial aid and scholarship applications.

HCC Climb Upward Bound staff are available to meet with CUB high school students individually and in group sessions during the school day and after school. Students utilize this time to finish homework and study for exams.

HCC CUB programming also includes monthly events that typically occur on a selected Saturday of each month. These Saturday "CUB Academies" provide a variety of academic and cultural programming that include goal setting, college and career exploration, and co-curricular and service-learning activities.

Summer Services include a six-week residential academic summer program with emphasis on basic and higher-level skill improvement in academic courses. CUB students reside in Hibbing Community College apartments Sunday nights through Thursday nights throughout the first five weeks, attending academic courses taught by college and high school faculty that are specifically designed to give Upward Bound students a head start on the next year's high school subjects.

In addition to the Summer Program's intense academic curriculum, students experience cultural, social, and recreational activities designed to foster personal growth, build leadership skills, enhance teamwork, and broaden student awareness and appreciation of the world. Students go home on the weekends.

The final week includes a 4-7 day (depending on the trip destination) educationally- oriented trip.

Climb Upward Bound Students Get Paid For Being in the Program! CUB participants may earn up to $40 a month during the academic year for participation in CUB activities and keeping a satisfactory GPA. During the summer program, participants may earn an elective credit from their high school plus up to $90 for active participation, academic diligence, and success in the summer program.