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Delaware Tech Upward Bound Video Wins National Contest

WILMINGTON – Delaware Technical Community College’s Upward Bound program has won a national video contest held by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The video contest celebrated Upward Bound’s 50th anniversary and was titled “Hope and a Future, 50 Years of Upward Bound.” Upward Bound - a Federal TRiO program, provides fundamental support to students in their preparation for college entrance. This program serves high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout New Castle County, Delaware.

Four students from Delaware Tech’s Upward Bound program are invited to attend the 33rd Annual COE Conference entitled “Vision and Action,” which will be held in Washington, DC, where the video will be shown to a national audience of TRiO professionals, educators and supporters. In addition to this, the students will also be recognized at a special TRiO awards luncheon on September 8. Students and staff from the video will also appear as panelists to discuss the creative process that helped shaped the video. The panel session is entitled “The Power of a Student’s and a Community’s Story.”

“The video was chosen for its creative energy, vision and integrity”, said Amy L. Verlanic, Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities and Board Chair, COE.

“I am extremely proud of our students and also those who courageously became a united voice for students alike across the country,” said Natalie Torres Washington, Upward Bound Math Science Program Manager at Delaware Tech and Delaware State TRiO President. “We now have a national audience and are aggressively working towards taking our message further. TRiO and College Access programs work!”

The video can be viewed on YouTube at or search by using keywords “Hope and a Future, 50 Years of Upward Bound Math Science”