NMT Expands Upward Bound Program To Socorro HS

NMT Expands Upward Bound Program To Socorro HS


October 23, 2017


SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech has secured a federal grant for $1.3 million to expand the Upward Bound Math and Science program into Socorro High School.

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The Upward Bound Math and Science program brings dozens of students to campus every summer for a six-week residential experience in the academic setting.



Upward Bound Math and Science is an outreach program that targets low-income and at-risk high school students, many of whom would be the first in their family to go to college. The program includes classroom instruction, tutoring, life skills mentoring, academic support, and a six-week summer program on campus at New Mexico Tech.

The university already operates an Upward Bound Math and Science program in four high schools in Albuquerque. Program director Kurtis Griess said the Socorro High School program is underway and will officially start with class time in January 2018. High school freshmen who enroll in the program will reap the benefits of four years in the program. Sophomores and juniors are also welcome to enroll.

Tech will hire a full-time teacher who will serve as coordinator for the program. The new instructor will teach a daily elective at SHS in addition to working during the six-week summer program at Tech. Griess expects to enroll 60 students at SHS each year.

Griess said, “Thankfully, we have the benefit of a fully functional UBMS program and all the processes and systems that it entails. We can use a lot of the same resources and materials for both programs.”


The 2017 cohort of high school students who spent six weeks on campus. They spend their days in classes and lived in the dorms.  


For six weeks in the summer, the students live in dorms, attend classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and get involved in campus extracurricular activities. The classes include math, English, science, and foreign language. Group activities are planned for each afternoon and evening.

The program will also employ tutors, summer-school instructors, residential assistants, and other support staff. In recent years, NMT has hosted 35 to 45 students during the summer session and hired 14 to 16 staff members. Griess expects to double those numbers for the 2018 summer session.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound programs around the nation aim to open the doors of academia to youngsters who might not have otherwise considered a college education. The Department of Education only approved 35 new Upward Bound programs this year. Griess said the proposals were very competitive and that NMT had perfect scores on the application.