Skip to main content

TRIO Upward Bound

COVID-19 Update

During this time the TRIO UB team continues to support our students.  Best way to reach us is by email.

Mai Chaw Lee, TRIO UB Academic Advisor

M.K. Xiong, Director of TRIO UB


Hennepin Technical College Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to provide postsecondary support to low-income and first-generation youth. Upward Bound currently serves a total of 60 students per year. The 60 students are from Osseo Senior and Robbinsdale Cooper High School where the effects of poverty and current urban conditions impact drop-out rates, school resources, counselor-to-student ratios and college matriculation.

Upward Bound Application

Student Application          Parent Application

Please note:  Download the form into Adobe Acrobat to complete and save the form.  Opening it in a web browswer will not save your changes.


Hennepin Technical College TRIO Upward Bound services are designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for participants to complete a program of secondary education, enter post-secondary education, and earn a four-year college degree.

Content Provided Annually:

• Career Exploration
• College Research
• College Visits/Field Trips
• Financial Aid/Literacy
• Service Learning Projects
• Student Leadership Development
• Summer Programming (6 weeks)
• Test Preparation
• Tutoring Resources



Academic Year Program

During the academic year, Hennepin Technical College TRIO Upward Bound staff provide tutoring and advising services at school sites. Tutoring and workshop days are on Tuesdays at Robbinsdale Cooper and Thursday at Osseo Senior. TRIO Upward Bound Academic Advisors are joined by community tutors who provide tutorial services.  Tutors can assist students in a variety of subjects and are wonderful role models. The academic year also includes monthly MANDATORY seminars that TRIO Upward Bound students focus on college preparation topics. 

Summer Program

During the summer, all TRIO Upward Bound students participate in a six-week academic program held on Hennepin Technical College campus.  A typical day for 9th-12th graders includes math, reading and writing classes in the morning, and enrichment classes in the afternoon with occasional evening cultural awareness field trips. Recent Upward Bound graduates will participate in Bridge Programs, which students will take a college course for credits taught by a Hennepin Techincal College Instructor.