LSSC’s Educational Opportunity Programs hosts two federal TRIO programs to promote success in high school, enrollment in a college or university, and postsecondary degree attainment. The Upward Bound and Talent Search TRIO programs increase the success rates of middle and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds through tutoring, career development, college assistance, financial assistance, and culturally-enriching field trips.

Upward Bound

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which students from low-income families; and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, complete high school and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary education.

Talent Search

The goal of Talent Search is to provide academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants (youth from disadvantaged backgrounds), encourage them to graduate from high school, and to continue on to complete their postsecondary education. Available to students enrolled at eligible middle and high schools in Lake and Sumter Counties.


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