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What's New - CAU's TRiO Upward Bound Program Gets College Readiness 101




"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." The great statesman, inventor, and author, Benjamin Franklin made this statement several centuries ago, and it still rings true today. Unfortunately, there are so many youths who have been shut out of the dream of acquiring postsecondary education. TRiO Upward Bound program is working to change this.


The TRiO Upward Bound program - one of eight offered by the federal government - helps students achieve the dream of going to college. This program provides traditionally underrepresented students with tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students. The TRiO program has helped millions of disadvantaged students get out of poverty.


Since 1965, Clark Atlanta University has been hosting its Upward Bound program. This program, along with the TRiO program, allows the college to serve disadvantaged students from low-income families. Clark Atlanta University's TRiO program also aims to provide students with the skills and motivation to succeed within a university setting, despite their backgrounds.


Ahna Zackery, Program Specialist II for the TRiO Upward Bound Program at Clark Atlanta University, recently contacted me about the college readiness material. She informed me that she learned about the College Readiness 101 workbook series while attending a college fair in the past. With so much in common with my mission, I was thrilled to introduce my College Readiness 101 material to Clark Atlanta University's Trio Program.


When Ahna started considering resources for her students this past semester, she decided that my workbooks and survival kits would be ideal. I met with her last month to deliver the resource material to her. Ahna acquired the College Readiness workbooks and survival kits for each grade level.


"The workbooks and Mr. Jones have been a breath of fresh air. Sometimes, especially since our programs are virtual, we (educators) get writer's block. I'm happy to have his college readiness program to provide fresh insight, fresh ideas, and assistance for creative curriculum ideas and material for our students!"
- Ahna Zackery

Ahna plans to use the materials during this summer's TRiO Upward Bound Program. Due to the pandemic, the program will be held virtually this year. She intends to mail the kits to students according to their grade level to use the workbooks and kits as an additional resource for students. Anha also plans to use the workbooks and survival kits with her junior and senior seminar classes in the 2021-2022 school year.



One of the things that Ahna and I have in common is that we want students to graduate from high school and enter college successfully. The students we serve often have no one to help them to navigate the college admission process. We give students a fighting chance at achieving the college dream. Although we operate in two different capacities, our love for this mission allowed us to come together to help this cause.


Are you a school official or a member of an organization interested in becoming a College Readiness 101 partner? Click the button below and fill out my contact form to learn more about you can acquire resources just like Ahna.