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CAPS Programs

College Access and Persistence Services (CAPS)

The CAPS Outreach Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides outreach services designed to support, increase, and strengthen college-bound low-income and first-generation individuals. Within this population, CAPS places special emphasis on underrepresented minorities who symbolize the least-advantaged segments of the population. Learn more about College Access and Persistence Services.

Academic Enrichment Upward Bound (AEUB)

AEUB provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance, and ultimately, in their higher education pursuits. It serves local high school students from low-income families and high school students from families where neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of AEUB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Learn more about Academic Enrichment Upward Bound.

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

The EOC assists low-income first-generation participants to complete secondary school requirements and enroll in postsecondary education programs. Services are offered at several locations, including Knoxville and Athens in Tennessee, Franklin in North Carolina, and Blue Ridge in Georgia. Learn more about the Educational Opportunity Center.

Pre-College Upward Bound (PCUB)

The PCUB project is designed to help low-income potential first-generation college students to graduate from high school and to enroll in a postsecondary institution of their choice that aligns well with their educational and professional goals. Activities and services include tutoring, ACT preparation, college and career information, instruction in academic subjects, cultural enrichment, and one-on-one individual development (i.e., vision, mission, values, goals, assessment of personal strengths and potential barriers, and steps to take to progress satisfactorily toward one’s goals), and six-week summer programs at UT that provide students a chance to experience college life. PCUB better prepares participants to make better postsecondary decisions and to deal effectively with college life. Learn more about Pre-College Upward Bound.

Veterans’ Pre-College Program (VPC)

VPC is funded by the US Department of Education to help US military veterans enter into and succeed in postsecondary school. VPC serves veterans from a 14-county region in East Tennessee. It is FREE to eligible veterans. Services include assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs. Learn more about the Veterans’ Pre-College Program.