TRIO Upward Bound is a federal program that was established by Congress to help students
overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. The program
is funded by a grant ($237,438 per year) from the U.S. Department of Education. The
Mt. San Antonio College TRIO Upward Bound Program is designed to assist high school
students from Ganesha High School and La Puente High School who are low-income and/or
firstgeneration (Student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's
degree) to pursue and obtain an education at an institution of higher learning. Upward
Bound services place emphasis on the development of personal and academic success
through the creation of activities during the high school academic year and the Summer
Enrichment Program. Through our services such as Academic Tutoring, Academic Advising,
Saturday Success Academy and other programing participants gain the knowledge and
skills necessary to achieve their educational goals and ultimately to obtain a bachelor’s
CHRISTINA JACOBO, LPHS '08B.A. UC San Diego '12 & M.S. CSUF '16"The Mt. SAC Upward Bound Program means opportunity,mentorship, and community for
me as it provided me with asupport system that believed in me and guided me in my
pursuit tohigher education. It gave me hope and allowed me to thrive."
PEDRO ALVAREZ, GHS '09A.A., Mt. SAC '16, B.A., CSUDH '18 & M.S., APU '18"The Mt. SAC Upward Bound Program provided me withopportunities and support to become
knowlegable about collegeand helped me find a path to reach my goals. It is one of
the bestthings thats has happened in my life."
ADRIANNA ACOSTA, LPHS '13B.A. UC Merced '17"The Mt. SAC Upward Bound Program means a lifelong familyand support to me! All throughout
high school, college, and evennow I'm surrounded by peers I met through Upward Bound.
It'sbeen a life long network for me, and I'm forever grateful!"
ARMANDO ALONZO, LPHS '15B.A. UC Davis '20"For the past 9 years, the Mt. SAC Upward Bound Program hasalways been a second family
and home to me. It has not onlyhelped me grow, but it has allowed me to also help
others in mycommunity learn and grow."
NATALIE DURATE, GHS '18B.S. UC Riverside '22"The Mt. SAC Upward Bound Program to me was a home awayfrom home. They made sure I
had everything I needed to succeedand be the person I was meant to be. They motivated,
pushed, andreminded me to be the best version of myself! It's truly the bestprogram