Upward Bound Staff

Joyce M. Ballaban - Upward Bound Advisor

When I was in high school I couldn't wait to get out. I talked myself out of going to college with the excuse that my family didn't have the money. The real truth was I didn't know what I wanted to do and I didn't have the confidence that I was smart enough to go to college. After working at a low-skill and low-paying job, I began to think that I needed more than a high school diploma. Once I learned there was financial aid to pay for college and that it wasn't necessary to know exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I started going to Penn State University.

I was the first in my family to go to college and once I started I was hooked. I've been going to colleges and universities for over 20 years and I finally have a Doctorate! Will I stop? Heck NO! I'm already looking for the next class to take. I am a life-long learner.

It is my hope you too will develop a love for knowledge. Upward Bound is a great program to begin exploring and developing your academic potential!

Dr. Ballaban can be reached at jballaban@racc.edu.

Laura Kruse - Upward Bound Director

John M. Duggan - Upward Bound Advisor

Laura M Walz - Secretary