Upward Bound/HCOP Summer Residential Program: Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning since 1981
Every June, almost 100 low-income high-school students from nine San Diego area high schools arrive on Montezuma Mesa to participate in the Upward Bound/HCOP living and learning simulated college course of study. Two-thirds of the students come from families where their parent (s) or guardian has not received a four-year college degree. The curriculum aims at offering students a life-changing academic and co-curricular experience to motivate and prepare them to pursue a postsecondary program successfully. The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) provides additional support for students interested in pursuing health or allied health careers.
Grecia Rivas, an alumna from Mount Miguel High School, describes her UB/HCOP experience this way:
“Upward Bound has not only been a great experience where I have met many students and RA’s going for a better education, but it has also been a resource to follow the right path for a bright future!”
UB/HCOP students and staff are committed to the four R’s: Realization, Respect, Role-Modeling and Responsibility. In 2012, 92.5% of SDSU UB Graduates completed a regular high school diploma and 84.5% enrolled in college in the Fall.
The program is jointly funded for five years by the U.S. Department of Education at $307,821 (UB STAR), $387,199 (UB Classic) annually; and for three years by the National Institutes of Health at $186,724 annually. Upward Bound has been continuously funded at San Diego State under Dr. Cynthia Darche Park’s leadership since 1981. It is housed in the SDSU Pre-College Institute (PCI). The Director of Summer Residential Programs for PCI is Tomasa Mauricio, an alumna of San Diego State University College of Sciences.