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Academic Year Component

Trio student study groupSeptember to April

During the fall and spring semester, students in the Upward Bound Program at NMSU participate in a variety of activities aimed to ease the transition from high school to college.

1.  After School Group Meetings

The advisement meetings are designed to give the student an opportunity to meet with an Upward Bound Coordinator TWICE a month for an hour to complete activities/exercises pertaining to academic enrichment, career awareness, ACT/SAT test prep and/or college admissions/financial aid requirements.  Meetings are conducted after school on the campus of NMSU, GHS, or STHS.

2.  Saturday Academic Sessionsstudents-pcs3

Students will meet on the NMSU campus ONCE a month on a Saturday to receive supplemental instruction.  Sessions begin at 8:30am – 2:00pm.  Students will participate in classes which are aimed at enhancing the student academic skills in English, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Test Strategies and College/Cultral Enrichment.

Transportation by bus is provided for GISD students.  Pick up and drop off sites are at STHS and DACC Gadsden Center.


3.  Student Leadership Activities

Throughout the course of the year students will serve on committees that promote leadership, communication, planning and organizational skills. These committees will meet to develop projects, detail timelines and identify resources needed to carry out proposed projects.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with others in cultural and social activities such as:

  • UB Student Ambassadors
  • TRIO Day Service Learning
  • Community Service Projects
  • Student Leadership Conference

4.  Regional College Visits

During spring break deserving students are given the opportunity to visit various campuses in the southwest region. Participants will be exposed to a variety of college campuses differing in size, location, and type in New Mexico and Arizona.

5.  Info Sessions & Workshops

These workshops are designed to inform both the students and their parent(s) about program expectations, college preparation, career awareness, family resource management, teen years and provide information pertaining to post secondary entrance (admissions, financial aid, testing, etc.).

6.  Incentives

Students have the opportunity to earn a fall, and spring stipend.  Stipend amounts depend on the student’s commitment, attendance, participation and desire to succeed.  Upon successfully completing the mandatory 6 week summer program, students earn a summer stipend and an elective high school credit.