Upward Bound Staff


Nicole Jaki

Nicole Jaki, Academic Preparation Specialist

"As a first generation college student, I faced some barriers when transitioning to college from high school, and had to learn to overcome them by myself.  I am originally from Indiana, and I wasn’t aware of TRIO programs until I moved to Oregon three years ago and started working in the education field in Douglas County.  Looking back now, I wish Upward Bound would have existed in my high school that way I would’ve been better prepared for the transition from high school to college.  I want to be the support to students that I wish I had back then, and now I can do that by working with Upward Bound."

BSPA in Management at Indiana University
Bachelor's in Criminal Justice at Indiana University
Joined Team March 2020

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Nicole Jaki

Erin Duckworth, Program Development Specialist

"My journey in higher education started at UCC, this is where I discovered the joy of learning and helping others achieve their goals. The work I do with Upward Bound is especially rewarding because I'm a first-generation student who could have really used these resources and advising when I was a student. There are so many little things that go in to having a successful college experience, it's gratifying to help students anticipate these barriers and work on solutions so they can focus on the important parts of their education. Helping students to succeed in their classes, earn scholarships, and making sure they have all the skills needed to succeed in college has been an amazing experience and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with our participants."

Associate of Arts in Music, Umpqua Community College
Bachelor's of Music in Music Education, Portland State University
Master of Arts in Teaching at Western Oregon University                                                      Joined Team in 2020

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Mary Morris

Mary Morris, Program Director

Masters in Business Association, WGU
Bachelor's of Science, Eastern Oregon
Joined Team in 2018

“Education is so important. Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound are such wonderful programs. I love the opportunities it provides for the kids in our Target Schools. The students we work with are given such vital information that assists them with making the right decision for them when it comes to college.  As a first generation student, I only wish this had been available in my high school!”

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