Mesabi Upward Bound (UB) is located at Minnesota North College’s Mesabi campus and provides support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their post-secondary pursuits.

The program provides services to high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree (4 year degree); and high school students from families who meet federal TRIO income guidelines. The goal of the Upward Bound program is to assist participants in the completion of high school and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions. Upward Bound focuses on preparing students for bachelor’s degrees in all fields of study.

Mesabi Upward Bound was formed in the fall of 2003 and has since been dedicated to assisting first generation high school students in reaching their goals of attending college. Upward Bound is committed to promoting the values of student success, responsibility, and personal and professional development.

Upward Bound helps students reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom. Upward Bound provides services such as free tutoring; experiences that broaden student’s academic and cultural knowledge and experiences; trips to colleges; as well as payment for standardized testing. Students receive stipends during the year for maintaining good grades and participating in monthly activities.

Benefits of the program:

  • All services are provided FREE to participants
  • One-on-one assistance with high school, college, and career planning
  • Monthly activities (service learning, sporting events, college preparation, etc.)
  • Opportunity to participate in a six-week summer program with instruction from local high-school instructors
  • Live on a college campus with other high area school students during summer program
  • One week trip to conclude the summer program
  • Earn money for good grades and participation in the program.

Local schools served by Mesabi Upward Bound are:

  • Cherry High School
  • Ely High School
  • Mt. Iron-Buhl High School
  • Rock Ridge High School
  • East Range Academy of Arts and Science (ERATS)
  • Mesabi East High School
  • Northeast Range High School

Contact Our Staff

UB Advisor

Christopher Porter
(218) 550-2535 – Office
(218) 780-1857 – Cell/Text

UB & UBMS Academic Coordinator

Brittany Chopp
(218) 550-2503 – Office
(218) 780-1861 – Cell/Text

UB & UBMS Director

Zeb Norenberg
(218) 550-2533 – Office
(218) 404-9229 – Cell/Text