Upward Bound Services
Services and eligibility requirements


The LBCC TRiO Upward Bound Program strives to develop in its participants’ strong academic skills; effective communication and leadership skills; creative and critical thinking skills; a positive self-image; a positive attitude toward learning; and respect and sensitivity for others. Participants also receive high school elective credits that count toward graduation.

The program provides services through two components:

  1. Academic Year Session (September to June) is composed of (22) Saturdays; these sessions include academic instructions in English (composition/comprehension), Math, Science, Study Skills, SAT Preparation; self-building activities, college tours; and educational and multicultural activities. Yearly academic activities also include after school tutoring and academic advisement.
  2. Six Week Summer Session (June to August) provides a real “college experience” by allowing participants to live on a local college campus and take college-style courses.  This component is a rigorous academic program designed to enhance each student’s abilities in the classroom and their self-confidence. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of academic classes such as Composition & Literature, Foreign Language, Math, and Laboratory Science.


Approximately 70 students participate in the LBCC Upward Bound Program. To be considered for admissions to the program you must:

  • Be potentially the first generation of your family to attend college or qualify as income-dependent based on guidelines from the US Dept. of Education.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be enrolled at one of the following Long Beach Unified School District high schools: Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, or Wilson High School.
  • Demonstrate the potential and desire to enter and successfully complete a post-secondary education.

Submission of the following materials is also required for eligibility to the program.

  • Completed application and essay.
  • A copy of your birth certificate, social security card, or permanent residency card.
  • Proof of family income.
  • A copy of your high school transcripts.