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US Dept. of Education Renews Funding for Santiago Canyon College’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS/TRIO) Program with a $1,488,050 Five-Year Federal Grant


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This grant bolsters the extraordinary work already being accomplished in helping local high students develop academic skills, successfully graduate high school and enroll in postsecondary education, explore career choices and remain motivated throughout the process.


(August 31, 2022) – ORANGE, CA – For high school students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing STEM related degrees, majors or careers, having the confidence and skills to master college/university coursework is critical, but not always an easy task. That's why Santiago Canyon College's (SCC) Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS/TRIO) program takes the lead in providing incoming students with the necessary resources and skills that will make them successful and self-reliant in their abilities. More importantly, it introduces young minds to the multiple career possibilities available in these fields.

For their diligent strategy and success rate, the US. Dept. of Education recently renewed SCC's UBMS/TRIO program with a $1,488,050 federal grant. Starting October 1, 2022, UBMS/TRIO will receive $297,601 in annual funds for the next five years.

SCC's UBMS/TRIO program is open to first generation El Modena or Orange High School students whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree and fall within a particular income level.

In addition to providing tutoring in math, science, English and composition, students are involved in academic review sessions that develop and improve their skills in each of these areas. Participants also learn how to establish good study skills that will benefit them as they prepare for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (PSAT), ACT College and Career Readiness and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exams.

Additional activities include Bound for Success (BFS) mentoring sessions, STEM professional panels and career exploration, Science Saturdays, financial aid workshops, a parent education workshop, advisement and personal counseling, college tours, scholarship preparation workshops and much more.

For Orange High School graduate, Arly Chavez (Class of 2020) and now computer science major at the University of Berkeley (Class of 2024), SCC's UBMS was a lifesaver.

“UBMS was like my second family. They helped me with scholarships, tutoring and getting into UC Berkeley. The staff was awesome and we still connect often to talk about college," Chavez noted. “My sister joined the year after me and is now at the University of California, Davis and my brother, Abraham, is a current sophomore at Orange who is also involved with UBMS."

For information about SCC's UBMS/TRIO program and to enroll, contact Dr. LaKyshia Perez, SCC Student Services assistant dean and TRIO Program director via email at or by calling: 714.628,5011.

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About Santiago Canyon College -

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is one of two colleges in the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Accredited in 2000, this dynamic and award-winning institution is located in Southern California, in the city of Orange, and provides an array of educational opportunities to the over 195,000 residents comprising the eclectic community. SCC offers 221 degree and certificate programs (including 28 transferable associate degrees). Ranked among the “50 Best Community Colleges" in the U.S. by College Choice, SCC was recognized multiple times by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “The Great Colleges to Work for," received Gold-level status as a Military Friendly School® and boasts dedicated faculty, high-quality and student-centered education, with excellent university transfer rates supported by transfer-guarantee programs. For more info, visit:



Lilia Rodriguez

Public Information Officer

Santiago Canyon College

Office: 714.828.5936