WIREGRASS, Ala. (WDHN) — Wallace Community College has recently been named to receive a federal grant for college preparedness.

Wallace Community College has been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education for $1,769,530 for the WCCD Upward Bound program. The program provides support to students in their preparation for starting college.

The grant is expected to fund the WCCD Upward Bound program for a total of 5 years.

The Upward Bound program provides opportunities for students in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families as well as high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.

Upward Bound helps students perform proficiently in key subject areas by providing them with resources and guidance need to graduate from high school, enroll in college and complete a postsecondary certificate or degree, as well as helping students overcome any existing economic, academic, and cultural obstacles.

The WCCD Upward Bound program will operate from the college’s Sparks Campus in Eufaula and will impact students of Barbour, Henry, and Bullock counties. Abbeville High, Barbour County High, Bullock County High, and Eufaula High are among the schools targeted for the Upward Bound program.