TRIO Upward Bound

 Welcome to the Upward Bound Program at American River College.

 Upward Bound (UB) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by American River College (ARC).  The purpose of this project is to encourage low-income and potential first generation college students to complete high school and go on to college.  Our program serves 60 students from Center High School and 60 students at Inderkum High School. 

Who can participate in Upward Bound

Students applying for the American River College Upward Bound Program must meet the following criteria

  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident or in the process of becoming a resident. 
  2. Must be First Generation (Neither parent has a BA/BS or 4yr. College degree). 
  3. Family's Taxable Income must meet Federal TRIO Low-Income levels or family receives federal or state assistance such as food stamps, free lunch, AFDC, Cal-Works, Section 8, etc. 
  4. Attend Center High School or Inderkum High School
  5. Be in grade 9th-11th 
  6. Interested in attending college
  7. Participate in ALL Upward Bound events/activities during the academic year and six-week summer program
  8. Remain in the program through graduation in high school

Application Process

1. Complete an application; this includes
* Application
* Bibliography
* School personnel recommendation
* Proof of income
* Recent High School transcript

2. Pick up & Submit an application in the following ways:
* Center High, pick it up at the Student Center
* Inderkum High, pick up at the front office
* Online (see link below), turn in at designated location at your school

3. Application will be evaluated and eligible applicants and their parent/guardian will be invited for an interview to complete the process.

4. Student & Parent/Guardian will be notified of the program's decision by mail.

Upward Bound Application

Services Upward Bound provides

Upward Bound will provide participants with a variety of FREE educational, cultural and social programs listed below at target schools, American River College, and local college campus:

  • College Preparation Activities 
  • Tutoring
  • Test Preparation
  • Academic, financial, and career guidance
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • College Visits
  • Social and Cultural Activities
  • Once a month MANDATORY Saturday College 
  • Six-week MANDARORY Summer Program
  • Workshops for the parents of participants
  • Rewards for attendance and participation
  • Personal one-on-one support from trained Upward Bound professional

Student Resources

High Schools we serve

Center High School        

Inderkum High School      

Financial aid and Scholarships  


Scholarships                   and  

College Admissions  


Common Application       

CSU admissions              

CSU Mentor                    

UC admissions                

UC apply                          


Assessment and Preparation  

College Board                 

Khan Academy               


TRIO Upward Bound Office

Dean: Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson
Director: Maricela Juarez
Clerk: Natalie Gonzalez
Center High SPA: Aileen Dy

Phone: (916) 485-6023
Email: (Center High School) or (Inderkum High School)

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Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Office Locations:
Inderkum High School - Natomas Center, second floor, next to the elevator
Center High School - Center High School, room 702

Find Out What Our Program Can Do For You

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