Alumnus Tyson Rose has been named program director for the campus’s revitalized Upward Bound initiative, according to Jean Kim, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.
In a Dec. 13 e-mail to faculty and staff, Kim said Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that 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.
According to the e-mail, Rose will work closely with the High School of Commerce in Springfield and Springfield High School to develop, implement and manage educational programs for low income, first-generation college bound students. These services consist of, but are not limited to, an intensive summer residential academy, year-round tutoring, advising, after-school programs, test preparation, assistance with college and financial aid applications, cultural trips, college visits, career exploration, and leadership development.
Prior to his new appointment, Rose worked for the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) as a graduate assistant organizing and leading various workshops and training sessions to support and assist UMass Amherst students in their academic trajectory. He is also a former Upward Bound tutor/mentor. Rose earned an M.Ed. from the School of Education in 2011.
“Tyson has played an integral role within CMASS and the Center for Student Development and will continue to do so under his new appointment as the Upward Bound Program director,” said Kim, adding that he is “very enthusiastic to give back to a program that laid a foundation for his educational success.”