Congressman Ruben Hinojosa announced the grants earlier this month.
The program is designed to assist secondary education low-income students, students who have a high risk of academic failure or need academic support to continue their education beyond high school.
For CBC, the grant will fund $632,500 annually for the next five years.
“This translates into outreach for 136 disadvantaged area students each year,” explains Velma Elizalde, CBC’s dean of student services.
The Upward Bound Program, which has been housed at CBC since 1973, provides tutoring, college entrance exam preparations, information on federal financial aid programs, scholarships, counseling and instruction in mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language and literature.
“The…program [is] geared to provide assistance and guidance to many students in a variety of ways that will promote college completion,” Hinojosa says. “I want to congratulate everyone who worked hard to acquire these…grants.”