Youth and Early College Programs share common goals:

  • To increase educational opportunities for youth;
  • To assist students in gaining access to higher education;
  • To motivate students to participate in college courses while in high school; and
  • To provide opportunities to foster student success through interventions such as assessment, coaching and mentoring.

The College Success Program

The College Success Program is a partnership between Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to prepare CMSD students to successfully transition into college-level courses. Many high school graduates place into remedial math and English courses, costing them additional time and money and making it less likely that they will finish college. The College Success Program seeks to remedy these math and English deficiencies in CMSD graduates by increasing the number of students who successfully progress through high school, graduate, enroll in postsecondary education at the college level and succeed in their college coursework. The College Success Program has three components: College Success Outreach Centers at six selected CMSD high schools; the College Success Summer Academy at Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus; and a unique First Year Experience for students transitioning to Cuyahoga Community College upon high school graduation. The program is funded by Cuyahoga Community College. Call 216-987-4196 for more information.

Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded pre-college program created in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act. It is designed to motivate and develop the skills necessary for students to be successful in secondary school, graduate and enroll in an institution of postsecondary education. Among the pioneer TRIO programs in the country, Cuyahoga Community College’s Educational Talent Search program has been in existence since 1968.

Students in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to participate. CMSD students who are low-income and potential first-generation college students are targeted for participation. Educational Talent Search advisors and instructional assistants provide workshops on careers, financial aid, test preparation for OGT, PSAT, ACT, SAT and ACCUPLACER, along with individual counseling and tutoring sessions to assist students in achieving their pre-college and college entrance goals. Students also participate in college tours as well as cultural activities. Talent Search serves over 1,250 students annually. Call 216-987-6310 for more information.

High Tech Academy (HTA)

High Tech Academy is an innovative dual enrollment program in which CMSD students in grades 10 through 12 attend a half-day of classes at their high schools and a half-day of college classes at Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus. HTA offers a rigorous curriculum that helps develop students’ academic, technical and leadership skills. Students can choose classes from various HTA pathways, including college preparatory (liberal arts), engineering technology, information technology, business management, health careers and creative arts. Ultimately, the college-level classes count toward graduation requirements in high school. This educational collaboration coordinates programming for more than 275+ CMSD high school students annually. Set apart from traditional College Credit Plus, the High Tech Academy offers many enrichment components to foster achievement, career exploration and features a required community service component. CMSD and Tri-C administrators oversee daily program operations on campus.

Founded in 2000, HTA received major support from National City and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Now, with generous and continuous support from PNC, HTA students are afforded unique opportunities and experiences with tuition costs paid on their behalf.

Upon high school graduation, HTA seniors have an opportunity to apply for the HTA Completion Scholarship, established for students who wish to continue on to earn an associate degree from Tri-C. Other students transfer to four-year colleges and universities or enter the workforce. More than 900 students have earned college credits through HTA, with more than 50 having earned an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma. Call 216-987-3549 for more information.

MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA)

The Minority University Research Education Project Aerospace Academy is an innovative national program designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MAA‘s ultimate goal is to increase the number of students in the identified populations who enroll in STEM-related academic majors in college. Free Saturday classes during the fall, spring and summer academic sessions offer a hands-on, inquiry-based, cooperative learning environment for students to explore STEM fields. The summer session includes two weeks of STEM enrichment activities. 

With a focus on aerospace and earth science, participants engage in StarLab (portable planetarium) and field trip activities. Middle and high school students engage in learning activities in the MAA Aerospace Education Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, computerized classroom that uses cutting-edge technologies to model real-world challenges in aviation, robotics and microgravity research. While students attend the academic session, parents and guardians are invited to participate in the Family Café where they can experience interactive STEM activities, lessons and presentations that support whole-family learning and help prepare students for college or technical careers. This forum encourages parents to share best practices of effective ways to support students interested in STEM fields.

Established as the first joint venture with NASA and Congress, the MAA program has grown from a single site to a national organization that serves 1,200 students annually at the Metropolitan Campus. MAA is supported by NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cuyahoga Community College, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, PPG Industries Foundation, Thomas H. White Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and VWR International. Call 216-987-6301 or visit for more information..

Upward Bound (UB)

Upward Bound is a federally funded pre-college program for high school students that helps participants develop the skills and motivation needed to succeed in postsecondary education. UB provides college, career and financial aid counseling, tutoring, field trips and test preparation for the OGT, ACT and SAT tests. Students also attend a six-week summer session, and graduating seniors attend an eight-week bridge component. UB is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Call 216-987-4958 or visit for more information.

Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS)

Upward Bound Math/Science is a federally funded pre-college program for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Serving students at East Technical High School, Garrett Morgan Cleveland School of Science Academy and Lincoln-West High School, UBMS provides individualized and small-group educational services that support students in building a mastery of core content knowledge. In addition to year-round academic planning and advising, students engage in hands-on, project-based learning activities, monthly educational workshops and a six-week summer STEM academy.

UBMS provides an academically enriching and rigorous math and science curriculum year-round to prepare students for academic success in high school and college. Students receive computer and technology training along with standardized test preparation. College, career, financial literacy and scholarship assistance provide students and families with information and resources to support the pursuit of postsecondary education. Call 216-987-4927 or visit for more information.