Todd Kubica is the director of Upward Bound which is a federally–funded, four–year academic enrichment program designed to prepare high school students for entry into college. The mission of Upward Bound is to help students build the skills necessary to enter college, pursue a degree and graduate successfully.


Todd was nominated by Linda Tettamant who writes: Todd's undying support of teenagers in Utica is evident in his work with Utica GEAR UP, a college-readiness program headquartered at Mohawk Valley Community College. Todd began a program through GEAR UP called Math Corps that brings members of Utica's Class of 2017 together with college and high school students to learn rigorous math concepts. Todd believes in challenging these learners to help them realize that anything is possible if they try hard enough.