TRiO Programs

WHCL TRiO Upward Bound


West Hills College Lemoore Upward Bound Programs are early college intervention programs that target high school students that show strong commitment and interest towards enrolling into college. The programs are funded by the Department of Education and hosted by West Hills College Lemoore. Our main objective is to promote academic achievement and higher learning by offering an array of support services that will foster educational success.

The Upward Bound Programs includes a six-week summer program at West Hills College Lemoore. During the summer, participants are encouraged to take part in a six week educational series that concentrates on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as English, American Sign Language, Biology, Political Science and many other subject areas. Students will have the opportunity to learn about college and get a sense of what is like to be college students by enrolling in college courses.


What does Upward Bound offer?

The program is designed to motivate students and to prepare them for post-secondary success. In order to meet the primary objectives, West Hills College Lemoore Upward Bound Programs offer the following services to its participants:


Academic Tutoring Leadership Development
Career Counseling Community Service
Placement Testing ACT / SAT Preparation 
Science Research College Credit
College Tours College Preparation 
Recreational Activities Incentive Stipend      
Cultural Enrichment  


What are the costs?

All academic and student development services are provided to qualifying students at no cost. Room and board expenses during outings are covered by the program. In addition, students who fulfill their responsibilities are eligible to earn a quarterly stipend during the academic year and/or a summer stipend during the summer program.

What are the responsibilities of the student?

Participants are required to be involved in all activities organized by program staff. During the academic year, students are required to attend weekly after school tutorials. Every month, students are required to participate in a Saturday Session event that focuses on academia. All participants must meet a passing grade in their academic schedule. Students are also required to participate in our summer program component.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student who has completed the 8th grade, but has not entered 12th grade who is attending the following target high schools: Avenal High, Corcoran High, Hanford West High, Lemoore High, Laton High and Riverdale High. The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) must meet federal low-income guidelines or prove that neither has completed a four year college diploma. Student must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Most importantly, students must demonstrate a strong interest and commitment towards their post-secondary education.

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