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USC TRiO program receives government funding

USC Upward Bound Math-Science students take advantage of the technology facilities in Waite Phillips Hall. From left, Alberto Camberos, Veronica Ignacio, Douglas Gomez, Gabriela Lizarraga and Raul Barrera (Photo/Alejandro Ruiz)

USC TRiO’s Upward Bound Math-Science program has been awarded $480,000 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Over a five-year period, more than 200 students will benefit from the precollege preparation program, which offers high school students intensive instruction in mathematics, science and technology through academic courses, SAT workshops, field trips to science labs and college tours. The program’s ultimate goal is to help prepare students to apply to four-year colleges, excel in the sciences, and later secure successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“USC has been the grantee for the TRiO programs for the past 35 years,” said Theda Douglas, executive director of USC TRiO programs and associate vice president of government partnerships and programs. “Our programs continue to strengthen precollege access for students and to ensure more opportunities in the math and science fields to our neighborhood high school students for college admission.

“While the Upward Bound Math-Science program is an academic precollege program, students gain much more during their four years of high school,” she continued. “Our trained and qualified staff of professionals guide these students in STEM courses and support them after enrolling in a four-year college or university.”

Upward Bound Math-Science is a nationally recognized precollege program that develops and strengthens science education for high school students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Students from local schools, such as Belmont, Washington Preparatory and Manual Arts Senior high schools, participate in a science-based experiential program that provides them with courses to help them navigate the academic pipeline while also familiarizing themselves with university life.

Rebekah Blonshine, program director, said that “the support and guidance provided to the students show that there are people who believe in their potential for success. This program creates a culture of students who believe in their own talents and potential in the math and science fields.”

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