Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) operates an Upward Bound Program on the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses. 

Students can apply for the Phil Campbell or Shoals campuses.

Upward Bound programs are funded by the United States Department of Education.

What should I expect out of the Upward Bound program during the regular school year?

  • Weekly tutoring sessions at your high school
  • Individual, Group, Career, and Academic Advising
  • Saturday visits to Northwest-Shoals Community College, Shoals Campus for workshops on values, careers, and study skills
  • Field trips to places of educational, recreational, or cultural interest
  • Transportation and lunches furnished on campus and on all scheduled trips
  • Pay $8.00 for each week student participates

What should I expect out of the program during the Summer component?

  • Individual tutoring and academic advising
  • College level courses (tuition paid)
  • Field Trips
  • Athletics and group activities
  • Most transportation and all meals furnished on scheduled trips
  • Year-end 2 to 3 day educational / recreational / cultural trip
  • $8.00 per week

What high schools are served by NW-SCC?

The NW-SCC Shoals Campus serves the following schools:

  • Central High School
  • Colbert County High School
  • Colbert Heights High School
  • Florence High School
  • Florence Freshman Center
  • Lexington High School
  • Rogers High School
  • Sheffield High School
  • Wilson High School

The NW-SCC Phil Campbell Campus serves the following schools:

  • Belgreen High School
  • Haleyville High School
  • Muscle Shoals High School
  • Phil Campbell High School
  • Red Bay High School
  • Russellville High School
  • Tharptown High School
  • Vina High School

Upward Bound Program – Shoals Campus

The NW-SCC Shoals Campus serves the following schools:

  • Central High School
  • Colbert County High School
  • Colbert Heights High School
  • Florence High School
  • Florence Freshman Center
  • Lexington High School
  • Rogers High School
  • Sheffield High School
  • Wilson High School

Upward Bound Program Staff:

  • Dr. Jamie Flanagan – Manager
  • Startia Fields – Secretary
  • Jan Weeks – Academic Advisor
  • Landon Hutcheson – Academic Advisor

Apply now for the Upward Bound Program on the Shoals campus or contact our office at 256-331-5356 or email jamie.flanagan@nwscc.edu.

Upward Bound Program – Phil Campbell Campus

The NW-SCC Phil Campbell Campus serves the following schools:

  • Belgreen High School
  • Haleyville High School
  • Muscle Shoals High School
  • Phil Campbell High School
  • Red Bay High School
  • Russellville High School
  • Tharptown High School
  • Vina High School

Upward Bound Program Staff:

  • Dr. Amber McCown – Program Manager
  • Whitney Rutherford – Administrative Assistant
  • Deborah Brownell – Academic Advisor & Curriculum Specialist

Apply now for the Upward Bound Program on the Phil Campbell campus or contact our office at 256-331-8128 or email amber.mccown@nwscc.edu.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Campus Contacts

Dr. Amber McCown, Manager
Phil Campbell Campus
Building 306, Office HG-15
Phone: 256-331-8128
Email: amber.mccown@nwscc.edu

Dr. Jamie Flanagan, Manager
Shoals Campus
Building 112
Phone: 256-331-5356
Email: jamie.flanagan@nwscc.edu