Tyson Rose: Director, CMASS Upward Bound
Tyson Rose is the new director of Upward Bound which is a federally funded program serving high school students whose families are low income and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which student complete high school and attain post-secondary education.
The newly-hired director of the Upward Bound Program at the University of Massachusetts will work closely with the High School of Commerce to develop and implement educational programs for low income, first-generation college bound students.
The services provided by Upward Bound include, but are not limited to: an intensive summer residential institute, year-round tutoring, critical thinking and other skill training, academic and personal advising, after-school programs, test preparation, assistance with college and financial aid applications, culturally-based trips, college visits, career exploration, and leadership development.
Before getting the job as Upward Bound director at UMass, Mr. Rose most recently worked at UMass Amherst teaching courses in the Social Justice Education and Education Departments and for the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) as a graduate assistant, providing academic support, graduate school preparation, supervising special projects and organizing and facilitating various workshops and trainings to support and assist UMass Amherst students.
Mr. Rose also worked at the A Better Chance House - Amherst serving as the Assistant Residential Supervisor supporting young men of color who attend Amherst High School. In addition, Mr. Rose worked for 12 years as a Civil Engineer focusing on environmental cleanup and consulting in Massachusetts and California.
Tyson is a proud graduate of UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst and former Upward Bound student and tutor/mentor and is very enthusiastic to give back to a program that laid a foundation for his educational success.
Mr. Rose is extremely enthusiastic about the Upward Bound Program and is looking forward to working with Commerce High School. "I am entirely humbled to be given the opportunity to work together with the Springfield Community to develop a successful program. “I know firsthand the possibilities that the Upward Bound program can offer. This is a dream job for me and I look forward to working together with dedicated UMass staff, the students, parents, community members, teachers and staff in Springfield to build a home for the program in the city. Upward Bound literally changed my life, my hope and goal is for this program to do the same for others."