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TRIO - Programs Descriptions

Program Descriptions

Currently, six TRIO Programs are located on the WKU campus.  All are housed in Jones-Jaggers Hall.

 

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Educational Opportunity Centers

Director, Charlene Manco

Phone: (270) 745-4441

Western Kentucky University received funding from the United States Department of Education for its first Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) project in 2002. The EOC project is housed in Jones Jaggers Hall, Rm. 107 at 1906 College Heights Blvd. Participants must be 19 years of age and 2/3 of the number served must be low income and first generation college students. The EOC project helps people apply for college and financial aid applications.

Western Kentucky University's EOC project has served participants from the following target counties: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan and Warren. From 2002-2010, EOC at WKU has assisted over 7400 participants. Almost 2,500 have enrolled into a post-secondary program of study during the nine years of operation. The project has documented that participants have received 5 Masters degrees, 82 Bachelor degrees, 114 Associate degrees and 141 Certificate/Diplomas.

 

ETS LogoEducational Talent Search

Director, Martha Sales

Phone: (270) 745-2135

Educational Talent Search projects serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps people from families with incomes under $33,075 (where neither parent graduated from college) to better understand their educational opportunities and options. More than 363,000 students are enrolled in 466 Talent Search TRIO projects. According to the more recent data collected by the Department of Education, 79% of Talent Search participants were admitted to postsecondary institutions.

 

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Educational Talent Search 2

Director, Darlene Taylor

Phone: (270) 745-4400

Educational Talent Search projects serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps people from families with incomes under $33,075 (where neither parent graduated from college) to better understand their educational opportunities and options. More than 363,000 students are enrolled in 466 Talent Search TRIO projects. According to the more recent data collected by the Department of Education, 79% of Talent Search participants were admitted to postsecondary institutions.

 

SSS LogoStudent Support Services

Director, Chris George

Phone: (270) 745-4308

Student Support Services (SSS) provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase college retention and the graduation rates of participants, as well as facilitate the transitional process from one level of higher education to the next.

The mission of Student Support Services is to serve eligible college students and foster an institutional climate supportive of their success. Our services are designed to enhance academic skills, increase retention, increase graduation rates, and facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs.

 

UB LogoUpward Bound

Director, Darlene Taylor

Phone: (270) 745-4873

Upward Bound helps youth prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Currently, 964 projects are in operation throughout the United States. In 2005, 77.3% of all students who participated in Upward Bound programs immediately went to college in the fall following their high school graduations. This rate is even higher by persistence in the program: 91.2% of Upward Bound students who particpated in the program for three years or longer and 93% who participated through high school graduation enrolled in a postsecondary program immediately following high school.

 

VUB LogoVeterans Upward Bound

Director, Davy Stone

Phone: (270) 745-5310

The Veterans Upward Bound program provides intensive basic skills development and short-term remedial courses for military veterans to helps them successfully transition to postsecondary education. Veterans learn how to secure support from available resources such as the Veterans Administration, veterans associations, and various state and local agencies that serve veterans.

 

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 Last Modified 9/25/14