Upward Bound | BCTC

Upward Bound

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What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a college preparation program that is part of the college's department of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that provides academic support to high school students with plans to attend an institution of post-secondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

To qualify, students need to meet TRIO low-income guidelines or be a potential first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has obtained a bachelor's degree.  Additionally students must have at least started the 9th grade or are in 10th or 11th grade and attend one of the target high schools. Students in the 11th grade must apply before December of the current school year in order to be accepted.


Enter you email address to request the Upward Bound application documents.


If you need the application in a different format, please email bl-upwardbound@kctcs.edu or call 859-246-6579

Current schools being served

  • Fayette County: Bryan Station H.S, Lafayette H.S, and Tates Creek H.S
  • Boyle County: Boyle County H.S and Danville H.S
  • Bourbon County: Paris High School and Bourbon County High School
  • Clark County: George Rogers Clark H.S
  • Jessamine County: East Jessamine High School and West Jessamine High School 
  • Mercer County: Mercer County High School 
  • Woodford County: Woodford County High School

Students attending STEAM Academy, Opportunity Middle College, etc. can qualify if the student's home school is among the schools being served.


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Program Objectives

Participants served will have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Participants will achieve at the proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

Participants will continue in school for the next academic year at the next grade level OR will have graduated from secondary school with a regular diploma.

Participants will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study (AP, Advanced classes, or dual credit opportunities, etc.) and graduate from high school in the year they were expected to graduate upon entry into Upward Bound.

Participants will enroll in a program of post-secondary education by the fall term immediately following their high school graduation OR have a letter of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the spring semester.

Participants will attain either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree within six years following high school graduation.


  • Fred Smith, Director
  • Shamyah Spotts, Educational Advisor
  • Vacant, Department Assistant I

Phone: (859) 246-6579

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Email: bl-upwardbound@kctcs.edu