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Iowa Lakes gets funding to help prepare area students for college

June 1, 2017

Iowa Lakes Community College will receive a grant to help prepare area students for college, the U.S. Department of Education announced recently.

The Upward Bound grant provides fundamental support as young people in ninth through 12th grade begin planning their education following graduation from high school.

“This is a good match for Iowa Lakes as it reflects how all our staff members work to assist students each day,” said Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes. “This grant helps to keep minds growing and it encourages these high school students to believe in themselves as they prepare for college.

“In addition, students who choose to settle in this area help improve economic development throughout the region,” Newhouse added. 

The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants graduate from high school and enroll in — and earn diplomas and degrees from — colleges and universities. 

The Upward Bound grant is funded through a federal TRIO grant and will be administered as part of the college’s TRIO programs.

“We were awarded a grant in the amount of $257,500 each year for five years to serve 60 students in grades 9-12,” said Trudy Ahrens, TRIO director. “The three target schools we will be working with are Estherville Lincoln Central, Emmetsburg and Spencer.”

A student can join the Upward Bound program by meeting one of two qualifications: being a first-generation student (meaning neither parent has a four-year degree) or meeting a certain taxable income amount. However, 70 percent of students in the program are required to meet both qualifications. 

Free services which will be provided include:

  • Weekly tutoring sessions; 

  • College campus visits and cultural enrichment opportunities throughout the Midwest;

  • Saturday activities and workshops;

  • In-school advising sessions with an adviser;

  • Six-week residential program on the Emmetsburg campus which will prepare students academically for the following fall; and,

  • A bridge program for high school seniors, which will offer up to six college credits.

In addition, students in the Upward Bound program receive other services, including a full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits.

The grant services will begin on Sept. 1 of this year and last for five years.

Individuals requesting more information about the Upward Bound program may contact Ahrens at 712-852-5302 or

For More Information:

Trudy Ahrens at 712-852-5302 or

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