TRiO Appreciation Breakfast Honors Five Students

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The TRiO programs at Washington State Community College (WSCC), including Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound College Prep Academy, recognized five students' success during an Appreciation Breakfast this morning at the Holiday Inn.

trio breakfast photoAccording to Upward Bound Director Gary Williams, this was the 13th annual TRiO Appreciation Breakfast. "We started the event as a way to recognize the many community individuals who have helped our program in some way," said Williams, "We also use the event to recognize the accomplishments of several of our graduating seniors in Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search."

trio breakfast photosA representative from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's office presented Certificates of Commendation to the following TRiO programs students: (from ETS) Adam Lankford, Joel Cox, and Kelly Gregory; (from Upward Bound) Francis Hendricks and Amanda Gherken.

"While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers," noted Williams.

The Upward Bound College Prep Academy is designed for area high school students who are interested in attending college but may need extra help in turning that interest into a reality. Funded through the U.S Department of Education, the WSCC Upward Bound Academy provides academic, social, cultural, recreational, and counseling services in order to provide the student with the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for success in college. Upward Bound was recently notified by the U.S. Dept. of Education that its program at WSCC has been refunded for the next five years at $262,500 per year.

The Educational Talent Search Program provides free information about college readiness and career options to students in grades 6-12. Participating students meet with ETS advisors during the day at target schools, attend special events and are eligible to take part in educational and cultural field trips. Students remain in the program through the completion of high school and enrollment in the college of their choice. The ETS staff also assists high school and college drop-outs who desire to continue their education, and is a federally funded program.


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