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Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search

Upward Bound

Who we are


UB Student ImageUpward Bound, a college preparation program for high school students, has been hosted at Portland State University since 1980. Upward Bound, funded by the U.S. Department of Education at $437,808, is a year-round program designed to improve students' academic and study skills in high school, to develop their career and educational plans, and to help them enter and succeed in higher education.

Who we serve


Upward Bound serves 105 low income, first generation high school students from the following schools or campuses: Franklin High School, Grant High School, Jefferson Campus, Madison High School, and Benson High School. To date, 95% of our students stay in our program through high school graduation and since 2000, 75% of these students have either graduated from college or are still in college.

What we do


All students receive:

  • Academic guidance and counseling on a year-round basis
  • Daily tutoring in high school courses
  • Semester-long courses for high school credit
  • A rigorous 6-week summer academic program
  • Assistance with career/college planning and financial aid
  • Opportunities for summer work-study positions (up to $900 for the summer)
  • Opportunities to visit colleges and explore careers
  • Technology skill-building: web design, photo editing, movie editing, Internet research skills

Educational Talent Search

Who we are


ETS Student ImageEducational Talent Search is an educational access and information program sponsored by Portland State University, and funded through the U.S. Department of Education at $313,994.

 

 

Who we serve


ETS serves 685 students in the Portland and Hillsboro School Districts. A large percentage (over 67%) of our student population is comprised of under-represented ethnic minority students. Since 1993, 90% of our annual high school graduates enroll in college immediately after high school.

What we do


All students receive:

  • Exposure to career opportunities, college campuses, & academic summer programs
  • Weekend workshops relevant to academic courses, study skills, computer skills, career choices, and opportunities for education beyond high school
  • Assistance with SAT/ACT preparation and registration
  • Guidance with college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents