Hennepin Technical College Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to provide postsecondary preparatory support to low-income and first-generation youth. Upward Bound currently serves a total of 60 students per year. Of the 60 students served, about half attend Eden Prairie High School and the other half attend 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.

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

Content provided annually:

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

Academic Year Programing
During the academic year, Hennepin Technical College TRIO Upward Bound staff provides tutoring and advising services at target school sites. During the school day, Upward Bound staff are available to students for tutoring, meeting with teachers and counselors, advising, helping with college applications and financial aid, and providing personal assistance.

After school on required tutoring days (Tuesdays at Robbinsdale Cooper and Thursdays at Eden Prairie), TRIO Upward Bound full-time staff 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 allow Upward Bound students to focus on a variety topics. Seminars help students to prepare for the ACT Assessment, complete college applications, research careers, and plan for college.

Summer Programming
During the summer, all Upward Bound students participate in an annual six-week academic camp held on the 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. Class sizes consist of about fourteen students.

Recent Upward Bound graduates take a college course for credit taught by a Hennepin Technical College Instructor. In addition, they attend support classes led by Upward Bound staff.




To be part of the Hennepin Technical College TRIO Upward Bound program, students must attend either Eden Prairie or Robbinsdale Cooper  High Schools. If you do not attend either of these schools, visit to see if your Minnesota high school has a TRIO Upward Bound program. TRIO Upward Bound participants are usually accepted during their 9th grade year, though some exceptions are made for 10th graders to join the program. Participants of the Hennepin Technical college Upward Bound program are required to meet several expectations throughout their years in the program. This includes attending tutoring and monthly meetings with their academic advisors, maintaining at least a C average to meet the academic requirements necessary to attend a postsecondary institution, attend yearly activities and the summer program.

How to Apply
To apply for the Hennepin Technical College TRIO Upward Bound Program, print and complete the parent and student application forms and return them to 155D (Eden Prairie High School), or 246A (Robbinsdale Cooper High School).  

Student Application




Additional Information

The Council for Opportunity in Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. The Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities and agencies that host TRIO programs to specifically help low-income and disabled Americans enter college and graduate.

The MN TRIO Association is the professional organization for personnel affiliated with TRIO programs throughout the state of Minnesota. MN TRIO is one of eight state chapters which form the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). In addition to Minnesota, MAEOPP's member states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

U.S. Department of Education

Last updated by jaldana : 2017-02-02 12:12:00