Tessa Velasquez, a 1992 Del Norte High School graduate and Upward Bound participant, attended Colorado State University. Velasquez received a Bachelors of Science, majoring in electrical engineering in 1996. During college Tessa kept her affiliation with TRIO by working with Talent Search. She has spoken on Upward Bound and Talent Search panels to promote these programs and let others know how she has benefited from them.
Velasquez is the first in her family to have gone to college and she says that Upward Bound was an incredible influence. She says that without the program's encouragement and help in filling out applications and scholarships, she would never have gone to college. Tessa began her career as an intern for Hewlett Packard in her junior year of college. She currently works full time for the company as an engineer.