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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 

Talim Lessane, Director of Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs

 Mr. Talim Lessane, DirectorPrior to becoming director, Mr. Lessane worked as the Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
 for two years. Mr. Lessane Welcomes You to the Upward Bound Program.
 Mr. Lessane moved to Charleston from Chicago, in August of 2010, with his wife and two
 children, and has 12 years of pre-college and higher education experience.
 Mr. Lessane was a college advisor for six years at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and
 Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to that Mr. Lessane worked
 as the Community School and 21st Century Community Learning Center coordinator for four
 years 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. 

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

 Mr. Lessane speaks about himself: "My background (in psychology and counseling) have allowed me to bring my interest in the human condition into what I do with Upward Bound. I believe in recognizing the potential within each individual and equipping them with the personal 'tools' to succeed at whatever it is they choose to do. I have found that, most often, the key to success relies way more on preparation and sense of purpose than actual ability.

I am an advocate of setting expectations high enough to make a difference in one’s life but within reach  to establish a solid sense of accomplishment. To paraphrase Malcolm X, 'Education is our passport to the future' – but education should be seen as a gift we give ourselves and should not depend on any one person or institution. I believe students should expect the world—and be willing to fight for it."

Director Talim Lessane is available at 843.953.6555 and




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