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Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs

The Upward Bound Program, sponsored by the College of Charleston since 1975 is a college preparatory program designed to generate in its participants the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school.  The Upward Bound Program provides special academic, cultural, and mentoring opportunities for a limited number of first-generation high school students who have demonstrated the potential and interest to succeed in post-secondary education. Follow us on Twitter @UBatCofC 

Photos from the Upward Bound 2013 Summer Component

Highlighting our summer college tour during which we visited Kennesaw State University and 5 other colleges in the Atlanta area.



 Mr. Talim Lessane, DirectorTalim Lessane is the Director of Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs.

Lessane has been the Upward Bound Academic Coordinator for the past two years. He moved to Charleston from Chicago, in August of 2010, with his wife and two children. With 12 years of pre-college and higher education experience, he spent six years as a college advisor at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago and four years as Community School and 21st Century Community Learning Center coordinator at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. He began his career with several years in youth work and family counseling in New York and Washington, DC. 

Lessane holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University and a B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York at Albany.

Lessane has always been a firm believer in the value of education and the power of human potential.

Director Talim Lessane is available at 843.953.6555 and




Pre-College Upward Board is a Department within the Division of Student Affairs