Thursday, August 11, 2011

TRiO’s Educational Talent Search Receives Continued Federal Funding, Perfect Score on Grant Submission


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            8/10/2011

                                                                                                (By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON - The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Tri-County Technical College received word this month that it received continued federal funding and a perfect score on the grant submission.

The Department of Education granted the College a five-year, $391,538 continuation grant to provide academic support and cultural exposure to 854 students, ages 11 - 27, who are in need of assistance in understanding their educational opportunities and options.

Tri-County was among the eight colleges and universities in the state to receive ETS funding.

ETS, founded in 1981, is part of the TRiO programs which are designed to provide academic and motivational support to first-generation (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) and income-eligible students in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties who might otherwise have found higher education beyond their reach.

"This is an extremely competitive federal grant," said TRiO Director Dr. Thwanda Davidson.  "Receiving funding at this crucial time, coupled with a perfect score, is quite an accomplishment.  A score of 99.6 was necessary to be funded.  Our ETS team put forth a strong application highlighting the quality services we provide to the students in middle and high schools.  The readers' comments made us feel proud of the grant we submitted," she said. 

Tri-County's ETS provides academic, personal and career counseling; tutoring; study skills and SAT/ACT workshops; cultural activities; assistance in completing and submitting college admissions and financial aid applications

Counselors assist students with one-on-one counseling and with setting up action plans to apply for scholarships and to build a strong college application.  Tri-County has two counselors for the area high schools, one for the middle schools and a coordinator/counselor, along with an administrative assistant and accountant.

"Our services give students a sense of support and hope and the resources needed to complete secondary studies and matriculate into college," said Dr. Davidson. 

"We also keep the parents informed.  We have first-generation students so their parents never have navigated these water before.  Many ETS students graduate from high school and enter Tri-County after graduation (around 30 ETS grads will enter this fall).

"These programs have endured over the last 30 years because they work," said Dr. Davidson.


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