ECTC earns $1.4 million Upward Bound grant | ECTC

ECTC earns $1.4 million Upward Bound grant

Published on Oct 24, 2022

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is launching a new program to help first-generation and low-income students at five area high schools develop their potential for postsecondary education and careers in math and science fields.  

The U.S. Department of Education awarded ECTC a competitive Upward Bound Math and Science grant to fund the program. The grant totals $1.4 million over five years, starting in the current academic year. ECTC is partnering with LaRue County, Nelson County, Thomas Nelson, North Hardin and Washington County high schools to identify student participants. The program will serve 60 students each academic year. 

“Upward Bound Math and Science will provide the tools needed to help students overcome barriers and develop brighter futures,” said ECTC Director of Grants and Contracts Susan Cooper. “Our goal is to expose high school students to the opportunities available to them, motivate and support them in their classes, and assist them in their transition to college.” 

Participants will benefit from tutoring at their high schools, monthly Saturday sessions, a summer program and a variety of field trips. Students will visit college campuses, businesses and industries that demonstrate real-world math and science applications, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama and other facilities.  

Personal academic and career counseling is an important aspect of the program as well, Cooper said.  

“Students will have knowledgeable, supportive mentors to help ensure they are ready to accomplish their education and career goals,” she said.  

ECTC is now hiring staff to implement the Upward Bound Math and Science program. To see the job postings, visit and search for Academic Coordinator – Upward Bound and Director of Program Facilitation – Upward Bound at ECTC.