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Upward Bound COVID-19 Update

During this unprecedented time, the UCC Upward Bound Program remains dedicated to providing excellent service to Upward Bound participants and their families. While our physical office is closed, our staff are still available to answer your questions and provide assistance remotely. 

Current UB participants are encouraged to log into their UCC CANVAS shell for daily updates and information on stipends. If you are unsure how to get into CANVAS, please contact Nicole for assistance.

Please contact us through one of the methods listed below and we will get back to you!

Nicole Jaki, Advisor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 541-430-7384


Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to high school students that are either lower income or will be first generation college graduates. The focus is on helping students graduate from high school and enter college.

Upward Bound through Umpqua Community College serves 65 students from Roseburg, Douglas, and South Umpqua high schools every year.

Participants participate throughout the year and attend a six-week summer academy. The first week is a summer camp to foster teamwork while covering educational content in an outdoor setting. The remaining five weeks includes instruction in math, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages.

During the academic year, Upward Bound holds at least five Saturday Seminars and a number of team meetings, and Academic Sessions at the high schools. These events cover content in the core subject areas, as well as career planning, college exploration, SAT/ACT preparation, guest speakers, trips to educational locations throughout Oregon, and a variety of team building activities.

Additional Benefits

  • Staff at Douglas, Roseburg, and South Umpqua high schools assists students with their academic needs
  • Year-round tutoring and/or study groups in a variety of subjects
  • Trips to college campuses and cultural events throughout the state
  • Assistance with application and financial aid forms, and scholarship applications
  • Community service opportunities to build college portfolios
  • A close-knit group of peers
  • A $40 monthly stipend for actively participating


Applicants must be college bound, attend Roseburg, Douglas, or South Umpqua High School and be in grades 9-11. Because admittance is competitive, both students and parents are expected to participate in an interview process after the application has been submitted and commit to attending all of the required sessions and events.





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Cathy Adkins
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Upward Bound is federally funded by the US Department of Education with an annual grant of $301,913. Umpqua Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer.