Mott Community College’s Upward Bound College Prep Program Receives $437,000 Federal Grant

FLINT, MI — The Upward Bound college prep program at three Flint-area high schools is set to continue for the next five years.

Mott Community College, which operates the program, received a federal grant to continue programming through May 2023, in anticipation of its five-year extension.

The grant will bring in $437,283 in the first year.

Upward Bound is home to students from Southwestern Academy, Beecher High School, and Hamady High School at Flint Community School. It is a six-week college summer program and an after-school program.

“We are delighted to have received funding from Upward Bound again this year,” said MCC President Beverly Walker-Griffea. “It’s a vital part of our efforts to provide local students with a pathway to academic and career success.”

According to a statement from the college, counseling, university visits, workshops, tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, leadership development and more are included in the program.

The intent of the program is to directly address student needs while increasing student retention, graduation, and post-secondary graduation.

The college-prep program has been around for more than 40 years in some capacity, said Glenn Martin, director of Upward Bound programs.

“Our program has graduated several valedictorians, creating space for them to pursue their academic and professional dreams,” Martin said.

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