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BRCC awarded federal grants to continue offering Upward Bound TRIO

Baton Rouge Community College has been awarded two five year federal grants – one in the amount of approximately $1.6 million to continue its Upward Bound TRIO program services for students at McKinley and Capitol high schools, and another in the amount of approximately $1.3 million to expand the program to students at East Feliciana High School. The program focuses on students who are on a college-bound trajectory. Through the grants, BRCC will provide students the necessary instruction, tutoring, advising, and assistance with applying for financial aid and college.

“It is in the mission of Baton Rouge Community College to identify and meet the educational needs of the community through accessible programming,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. “We are pleased to have received the necessary funding to expand our Upward Bound TRIO program to students at East Feliciana High School, as well as to continue providing such services to McKinley and Capitol high school students. Reaching out to high school students who just need that extra assistance to get them college-ready is one of the many ways BRCC is here for its community and the state at-large.”

East Feliciana High School was selected based on factors such as dropout and college completion rates, educational attainment, and income levels in the area, among other factors. In 2016 East Feliciana High School’s overall dropout rate was 5.6 percent which represents a loss of approximately 70 students annually.  

Upward Bound is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs that provide services and help for low-income, first-generation college students and people with disabilities to have academic success.