Carylanne Rice-Ehalt of Shelton has celebrated 25 years of service at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. As executive director of the Upward Bound program, Rice-Ehal and her staff provide academic, career, college and counseling services to more than 1,500 Bridgeport high school students and their parents. She oversees the administration of a federal grant for the college preparatory program. She has secured more than $5 million in federal funding for disadvantaged students from Bridgeport. The local program has been recognized for excellence by the national Upward Bound organization in Washington, D.C. Rice-Ehalt presents workshops for other state organizations, served as vice president of an Upward Bound statewide organization, and has trained new staff as a nationwide counseling consultant. She lives in Shelton with her husband Bob and their three sons, Matthew, Timothy and Jeffrey. About Upward Bound Upward Bound helps disadvantaged students prepare to attend college. It serves high school students from low-income families, and students from families in which neither parent has a bachelor\u2019s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in \u2014 and graduate from \u2014 institutions of higher education.