The United States Department of Education has awarded Northwest Missouri State University’s TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) a supplemental STEM grant to increase access to related coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The funding for each program is a one-year appropriation approved at $40,000 for the 2018-19 academic year. Through an expansion of partnerships with its schools, local educational agencies, businesses, and university campus and community allies, Upward Bound and UBMS students will experience activities designed to develop proficiencies in computer applications while receiving access to internships, apprenticeships and profession-based learning experiences that enhance their coursework in the STEM field.
“This additional funding allows us to engage our students in STEM initiatives for mechanical engineering, GIS application and mapping, Northland CAPS computer engineering, the Rube Goldberg Challenge and Project Lead the Way – courses and activities unavailable in their local school areas,” Cassie Tavorn, the director of TRIO programs at Northwest, said. “Northwest TRIO knows that to flourish in a technology-driven era, our students need opportunities to build their skills in STEM.”
Since 1986, Northwest TRIO programs, which are federally funded, have promoted educational opportunities while assisting students in their personal journey of earning a higher education degree. Through its partnerships with surrounding communities, TRIO addresses the unique needs of academically capable individuals who are first-generation students and come from families with limited income.
Upward Bound serves 83 students in grades 9-12 who attend selected schools in Atchison, Gentry and Nodaway counties in Missouri. Participants receive educational support throughout the academic year and enrichment during Saturday academies, college visits, and service activities. Additionally, Upward Bound annually sponsors a six-week on-campus summer residential program.
Upward Bound Math and Science, launched at Northwest in 1992, serves 74 students in a three-state target area that includes portions of southwest Iowa, northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. It provides support throughout the academic year as well as a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11.
The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics while exposing them to a university campus, helping to develop leadership and social skills, and reducing anxieties about college. Students live in a campus residence hall while receiving instruction from skilled university and high school faculty.