Pre-College Mission Statement

The Central College Pre-College Programs, in collaboration with schools, families, community partners, and policy makers, build relationships which provide learning opportunities that engage, motivate, and empower our students.  Utilizing their acquired skills, our participants become educated, responsible citizens who are effective advocates and productive contributors to society. 


Through participation in the Central College Pre-College programs student participants will develop qualities of character which include:

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that encourages students to graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education. Students meet with ETS coordinators in group and individual sessions throughout the school year. Monthly participant workshops focus on success in high school, career awareness, college selection and financial assistance.


Upward Bound

Upward Bound helps low-income and/or first generation students from participating high schools develop the skills and motivation they need to successfully complete high school and enroll in andcomplete a program of postsecondary education. Participants receive direct instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science and foreign language during a 6-week summer residential program on Central College's campus. Additional support is provided through monthly academic curriculum during school visits, tutoring, Saturday workshops, cultural events and campus visits.