$1.9 million awarded to LMC for the Upward Bound program

A grant of over $1.9 million has been awarded to Lake Michigan College by the US Department of Education for LMC’s Upward Bound program. LMC Upward Bound director Adrienne Hill told WSJM News that the program is aimed at low-income, often first-generation students preparing for and enrolling in higher education.

“They are open-minded about their future and career goals and what they want to pursue when it comes to furthering their education,” Hill said.

Hill says Upward Bound begins working with students when they’re in eighth grade and holds weekly tutoring sessions focused on college life.

“We may be talking about college selection and what financial aid looks like, the differences between grants and scholarships. We also dive into other areas. So we can have a segment on mental health and coping skills and partner with Lakeland or Bronson. Or, we can do voluntary activities.

Students also spend a week in a dormitory. Hill says Upward Bound prepares students for college so they will succeed when they get there. LMC’s Upward Bound program serves up to 78 students per year, and the new federal grant will keep it going for another five years.

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