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Since 1995, DCEA's Upward Bound programs have helped thousands of students across 4 counties to graduate high school, and enroll in and graduate from a 2 or 4 year college or university. We strive to continually improve the program and increase services to students because outcomes matter.



Appalachian Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority. Our current grants have been operating since 1995 in Scott, Morgan, Hawkins, and Grainger counties.

Our mission is to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree; and low income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. 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.

We provide services in the following areas: tutoring and academic instruction in Mathematics, Science, English, Foreign Language, ACT Prep, financial literacy, cultural exposure, non-congnitive skills, work-study opportunities, service learning, and much more.

Our program is divided into 2 components, the academic year, and the summer program.

Past summer trip destinations include:

1999 - St. Louis, MO

2000 - Philadelphia, PA

2001 - Chicago, IL

2002 - Orlando, FL

2003 - Boston, MA

2004 - Washington, DC

2005 - Philadelphia, PA

2006 - New York, NY

2007 - Williamsburg, VA

2008 - Chicago, IL

2009 - Washington, DC

2010 - Orlando, FL

2011 - New York, NY

2012 - New Orleans, LA

2013 - Charleston, SC

2014 - Houston, TX

2015 - Boston, MA

2016 - New York, NY

2017 - Williamsburg, VA

2018 - New Orleans, LA

2019 - Orlando, FL

2020 - No trip due to COVID

2021 - No trip due to COVID

2022 - Williamsburg, VA



Founded in 1965, DCEA is a community action agency serving 30 counties in Tennessee and 2 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The purpose of the agency is to help families living in poverty improve their lives by providing them with assistance and services that they are not able to provide for themselves. The main focus of the agency is to help people help themselves. The agency's mission is to provide resources, tools, and opportunities that help low-incomes families and individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability. Current programs located at DCEA include: Upward Bound (2 programs), EOC, Talent Search, Head Start, Early Head Start, LIHEAP, Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Service Centers, RSVP Senior Corps, Affordable Housing, Hamblen County Workforce and Education Partnership, 21st Century Learning Centers, Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs, and SRAE.





Central High School - Morgan County

Coalfield School - Morgan County

Cherokee High School - Hawkins County

Grainger High School - Grainger County

Scott High School - Scott County

Sunbright School - Morgan County

We also provide services to low-income military veterans pursuing their post-secondary education.


All services are free!

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