Upward Bound Staff
All Upward Bound staff have completed rigorous background checks with state and federal agencies as well as the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.
Jason R Ervin
Director Upward Bound
Jason is originally from Southern California and has lived in Arkansas since July of 2009. In California Jason was a mild/moderate Special Education Teacher in a self contained class. Jason comes from a large family of teachers and has been blessed to join the ranks of educators. Jason has been married for 15 years to Nikki, a Respiratory Therapist and together they have three children, JJ, Lilly, and Olivia. "Through the grace of God I have found my way to the Upward Bound Program and plan to put a new spin on providing opportunity for more young people to attend college."
Austin K Jones
Academic Coordinator Upward Bound
Austin came to the program as a science instructor in 2010 and has since taken the reigns as Coordinator as well. He is a graduate of NWACC and holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in entomology from the University of Arkansas. He is currently a lab coordinator and an adjunct professor of Biology at Crowder College McDonald County Campus in Jane, MO as well as president of the Arkansas Entomological Society.
Alexandra is a student at NWACC. Her goal is to transfer to the University of Arkansas and get a degree in Elementary Education. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago, IL. In 2012, she moved to Fayetteville in hopes of a different, independent life. She enjoys art, music, hiking, kayaking, and time with friends (including her dog Max!). Alex says, "I am lucky to get the opportunity to work with Upward Bound and am excited to make a difference in students' lives!"