reWorking Michigan: Thousands Helped By Upward Bound Program

Nov 19, 2012

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a program that helps Lansing high schoolers get ready for successful college careers and the jobs that follow.

Upward Bound helped Aaron Tucker get his degree. He now counsels students at MSU.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan State University has run an Upward Bound program with local schools since 1966. It’s associated with a U.S. Department of Education effort targeting students from families where neither parent earned a college degree. The goal is to prepare them for college admission and to graduate once they get there.

"Within a year of being in the program, I realized that was something that I could achieve." Aaron Tucker

MSU’s Upward Bound program has helped thousands of kids from Lansing’s public high schools.

Requirements of the program also include parental involvement, and time devoted to learning about the financial realities of going to college such as loans, grants and scholarships.

About 30 students from Sexton, Eastern and Everett high schools are expected to be in the next group of MSU’s Upward Bound program, all hoping to become the first member of their family to get a college degree.

ReWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families. A project of WKAR NewsRoom, WKAR-TV and WKAR Online.