MCLA Alum Uses His Upward Bound Connections to Bring High School Student to Campus


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - A recent Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) graduate last week brought five students from Lawrence, Mass. to visit with MCLA through Upward Bound. Upward Bound is a fundamental support program that provides participants with preparation for college entrance. The program offers opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.  

"One of the most important things in the college search process is the campus visit," said Kate Heekin, MCLA assistant director of admission. "The fact that visiting college campuses is built into the program is so wonderful." 

Heekin recommend that high school students start to research colleges by the end of their junior year of high school.

Dauri Torres '10 has always had a connection with the Upward Bound program as a participant for four years in high school and then working for the program throughout his college career and continuing on still now that he has graduated.  Along with his family and experiences at MCLA such as study abroad and specialty programs, Torres attributes much of his educational success to programs like Upward Bound. During his senior year Torres traveled to Washington, D.C., as an alumnus of Upward Bound, to help convince legislators of the importance of such programs for students who might not otherwise have access to higher education.

"The program really works," Torres said.  "It helps so many students get into college.  It also helps students who are struggling with their academics for SAT and MCAS preparation." 

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. It is a federally funded educational program within the United States. The program is one of a cluster of programs referred to as TRIO, all of which owe their existence to the federal Higher Education Act of 1965.

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