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Academic opportunities are broadening for the future of college students.

Kansas City Kansas Community College was recently awarded $1.4 million by the U.S. Department of Education to implement an Upward Bound program. The grant, which begins this fall, is funded through August 2027..

“Being awarded the Upward Bound grant allows Kansas City Kansas Community College to expand services into schools to help those students who need it the most. These expanded services, built around intensive and intentional academic and student support services, will help increase high school graduation rates and college preparedness,” said Dr. Greg Mosier, president of KCKCC. “The Upward Bound program expands KCKCC’s ability to positively impact workforce needs and educational readiness of underserved students in our community.”

The Upward Bound program services low-income students and future first-generation college students with the goal of preparing the participants for college. Students receive comprehensive academic assistance and overall support for students and their families. Other services include advising, tutoring, study skill workshops, test-taking support, and college and financial aid application assistance.

The grant will support 60 high students per year from F.L. Schlagle and Washington high schools in the Kansas City Kansas School District. The goal is to improve academic performance, college preparation, and graduation rates. 

“The Upward Bound program is an opportunity to prepare students in Wyandotte County for college – students who may not have otherwise even dreamed of what they could do beyond high school,” said Dr. Shawn Derritt, dean of Student Services at KCKCC. “At KCKCC, we strive to help all of our students succeed and work to provide them with the tools and skills necessary to achieve their goals.”

For more information about the program, please contact KCKCC Student Services at 913-288-7109.