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 TRIO Upward Bound (HCC UB) program provides year-round academic support services to prepare high school students to successfully transition into college with a goal of completing post-secondary education. HCC UB serves 50 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, and receives support to transition into college.


  • Support students in achieving academic high school goals.
  • Provide educational, college exploration, engagement and paid internship opportunities to disadvantaged college-bound youth.
  • Motivate and support students to transition into higher education upon completion of high school.
  • Assist students and parents with college and financial aid application processes.


Academic Year Services include, but are not limited to: weekly tutoring/study sessions and college preparation workshops; academic, time management and life skills advising, college visits, cultural experiences, ACT preparation, and monitoring and tracking of student academic progress.

HCC UB students receive guidance with college and career research and selection, college application and admissions processes, and completion of financial aid and scholarship applications.

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

HCC UB programming also includes college visits, volunteer, co-curricular and service-learning activities.

Summer Services include a six-week academic summer program with emphasis on higher-level skill improvement in academic courses. UB students choosing the opportunity to stay in the Hibbing Community College apartments (Cardinal Hall) for part of the program or can choose to stay at home. Students attend 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 courses.

In addition to the Summer Program's intense academic curriculum, students experience cultural, social, and recreational activities designed to prepare students for college and adult life, build leadership skills, enhance teamwork, and broaden student awareness and appreciation of the world. All students go home on the weekends.

The final week students participate in an educationally oriented trip that includes college visits.

TRIO Upward Bound students may also earn stipends for completing grade level Benchmarks (short and long term goals). Juniors and seniors successfully completing a professional internship may earn $200-$300. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Bridge Program and have one summer college course and books paid for by the HCC Upward Bound program. Advising, tutor services, and college transition support are also offered to all students each summer.

Students interested in the HCC TRIO Upward Bound Program can contact Hallie Bishop (9th & 10th grade Advisor), Ann Vucetich (11th & 12th grade Advisor), or Director Evelyn Rolloff at

HCC Upward Bound Program Flier

HCC Upward Bound Application