What is Upward Bound & TRiO ?

History of TRIO

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, in 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third educational opportunity program. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO”  described these federal programs.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and reach more students. In 1972 a fourth program to the TRIO group, Educational Opportunity Centers, opened. 1986 added the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was auhorized.

Additionally, in 1990, Upward Bound Math/Science programs began to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science.

The University of New Orleans has several TRiO programs for middle and high school students , and support services for eligible students who attend UNO.

Brenda Brown Director: Project PASS, Project REACH, Jefferson Upward Bound, ACCESS Educational Talent Search

Project PASS Upward Bound -grades 9-12-  Orleans Parish  students – (Currently serving Eleanor McMain, McDonogh #35, Cohen College Prep ,Warren Easton, Edna Karr and eligible students in target area of Orleans Parish)

REACH-Upward Bound-grades 9-12- (currently serving Grace King and Bonnabel High and eligible students in the target area of Jefferson Parish)

Jefferson Upward Bound -grades 9-12-  Jefferson Parish students – (currently serving East Jefferson High School and Riverdale and eligible students in target area of Jefferson Parish)


ACCESS – Orleans parish students, grades 6-12, with IEPs or 504 plans – (students come from a variety of schools)


Lynette Bates, Director  CLASSIC UPWARD BOUND and UPWARD BOUND MATH & SCIENCE  (currently serving Lake Area High School and eligible students in the target area of Orleans Parish) RONALD MCNAIR PROGRAM (FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT UNO ONLY)


UNO Student Support Servicesfor qualified students enrolled at UNO -year round support beginning before the first day of orientation. SSS provides advising services, tutoring and classes to help students navigate and master the college experience.


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