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TRIO Classic Upward Bound

TRIO Classic Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparation program through the U.S. Department of Education. NMC first received Upward Bound funding in 2007.

The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

The goal of NMC Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants from the Omaha area complete high school and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary education programs.



Upward Bound was developed as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Upward Bound is one of several federally funded TRiO programs currently funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Population Served

We serve 55 low-income and potential first-generation students who have an academic need for our program.


Burke High School and St. Luke United Methodist Church Teen Center.

Program Details

After School Tutoring and Mentoring Program

  • Tutorial services offered Monday - Thursday
  • Test preparation and study skills development
  • Individual and group academic and career advisement
  • Exposure to the range of career options especially those where program participants are under represented
  • One-on-one mentoring with a Teacher/StaffMentor

Grade-Specific College Preparatory Seminars

  • Seminars are held once a month
  • Seminars are grade-specific and vary in topics that meet the interests and needs of all students
  • Seminars will be offered after school on a variety of days and times to meet the needs of all students
  • Students are required to attend their grade specific seminar each month

Exploratory Seminars

In addition to the grade-specific college preparatory seminars, students are also required to attend one exploratory seminar each month. Seminars will be offered on a variety of days and times to meet the needs of all students. Students can elect to attend additional seminars, as desired.

  • Examples of seminars: ACT prep, Leadership Council, Book Club, Study Skills, Health Careers, Financial Literacy, Poetry and Community Service

Saturday College

  • The purpose of Saturday College is to bring the entire group of students together to share information, invite guest speakers, expose students to college-related themes and information and provide additional instruction in core curricular areas.
  • Saturday College is held quarterly. The exact date, time, and location of each event will be announced and distributed in advance to students and parents.

Summer Academy

  • Instruction in core curriculum subjects: English literature and composition, science, science lab, mathematics, and foreign language
  • Instruction in subjects outside the core curriculum which will introduce new subject matter thereby enhancing the student's experience.
  • Cultural, educational, and recreational field trips that have as their purpose the intellectual, social, and cultural development of our students.
  • Community Service
  • End of summer overnight trip

Senior Bridge Program

  • Graduated seniors have the opportunity to take up to 2 college-level courses, live on campus, and take college seminars in the summer between high school and their first semester of college.
  • The purpose of this program is to prepare and assist students in the transition from high school to college.

Additional Activities/Opportunities

  • College Visits
  • College Enrollment, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Assistance
  • Cultural Activities
  • ACT Preparation
  • Work Study Positions to Expose Students to Careers Requiring a Post-Secondary Degree


Financial Education

Program Contact Information

Headshot of Adrian Vega

Adrian Vega JR, MS
Director, Classic Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math and Science
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-6523

Headshot of LaTina Rencher

LaTina Rencher
Assistant Director, Upward Bound
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-7844

Ortiz, Jasmin 786A9459

Jasmin Ortiz, BA
Coordinator, Upward Bound
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-6506

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