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Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Services:

In addition to assisting Charleston County School District’s GEAR UP program (see below), the CofC Pre-College initiative is invested in offering support and information to various community organizations, institutions, agencies, schools and even individuals that provide opportunities to increase and expand college preparation awareness to all LowCountry students, parents and other invested parties.

It is recognized that Upward Bound can only service a relatively narrow segment of the local community compared to the hundreds of other students and families that could benefit from further guidance in how to successfully navigate the pursuit of higher education “from cradle to college.” As part of the College’s efforts to increase community outreach, flexible and informative workshops are available to elementary and middle school groups, churches, and community organizations to assist with how students and parents can successfully prepare for college at home. Please contact Mr. Lessane for requests and scheduling.

Just a few past examples of this extended outreach include:  presenting to Mary Ford Elementary School parents about “How to Create a College Prep Environment in the Home” and participating in Back-to-School Celebration at the Ravenel Community/Town Center, as well as providing one-on-one phone consultations with parents whose students do not qualify for Upward Bound but who are seeking direction and assistance.

Anyone interested in such services should contact or call 843.953.6555. 

We partner with CCSD GEAR Up (  to provide workshops, coordinate on-campus space for activities, participate in various student-based programs such as school-based college and career fairs to promote academic success and college readiness.