Texarkana College Trustees Receive Renewal Notice for Federal TRIO Scholarships to Help Area Students Enter College
At Monday’s board meeting, administrators at Texarkana College received news of the US Department of Education’s renewal notice for TC’s Talent Search Program and Education Opportunity Center program ( EOC) both of which are funded over five-year cycles through competitive federal TRIO grants. Talent Search received $ 352,841 per year for five years for a total of $ 1,764,205, and EOC received funding of $ 273,753 per year for five years for a total of $ 1,368,765. TC Vice President of Education Dr. Donna McDaniel said the goal of all TRIO programs is to increase the number of disadvantaged first-generation students who graduate with a higher education certificate or certificate. .
“TC has a long history of providing services under the federal TRIO grant programs,” said McDaniel. “While the goals of both grants allow TC to help students enter and succeed in college, the Talent Search program works with middle and high school students, and the EOC program focuses on providing services for adult learners 19 years of age or over. “
McDaniel said TC has facilitated the talent search program for more than 20 years and has helped tens of thousands of middle and high school students prepare for college.
“Our goal through the Talent Search program is to ensure that participants take the appropriate steps to create impressive resumes and have access to cultural and educational experiences to keep them motivated throughout high school,” McDaniel said. . “TC’s talent-seeking education specialists develop relationships with students who rely on them to answer their questions and concerns about how best to prepare for higher education. Students can enter the program at any grade level, but we love recruiting in college and grade 9 to help coach students through their high school years and put them on the right path to earning opportunities. rigorous diplomas.
Talent Search partners with eight independent school districts: Texarkana Texas ISD, Texarkana Arkansas ISD, Liberty-Eylau ISD, Atlanta ISD, Queen City ISD, DeKalb ISD, Hooks ISD, and New Boston ISD.
McDaniel said TC received its first EOC grant from the US Department of Education in 2016 and has served more than 4,500 participants since then.
“TC’s EOC staff help adult learners complete the GED, enroll in college, apply for financial aid, and provide advice on enrollment at the post-secondary institution of their choice,” McDaniel said. “Over the past five years, TC’s EOC program has successfully enrolled 2,054 students from Bowie and Cass counties at a post-secondary institution of their choice and has provided access to over $ 250,000 in scholarships for this next round of funding that begins September 1. 2021, the grant allows us to serve a large geographic area that includes communities in Little River, Miller and Hempstead counties in Arkansas, as well as on-going services to Bowie and Cass counties in Texas. Over 1,000 participants will be reached each year by EOC grant services. “
McDaniel credits the success of the programs and continued federal funding to the dedicated TC staff who facilitate the programs.
“I cannot say enough about the exceptional leadership and service shown by the TRIO staff at TC,” said McDaniel. “Lee Williams, III, Executive Director of Retention, Student Success and EOC, has taken the EOC program to a level that surpasses many long-standing programs across the country. At the heart of all our TRIO programs is the one-on-one advice and support provided by our skilled and caring specialists.
McDaniel said Dr. Tonja Mackey, Dean of Library and Learning Support, oversees all of TC’s TRIO programs and has guided staff towards achieving grant goals and securing funding. continuous for another five years.
“Dr. Mackey’s leadership along with the incredible service provided by all of the TRIO staff is a winning combination for the students and our community,” said McDaniel.
For more information on the services available through the TRIO programs at TC, please visit the college websitewww.texarkanacollege.edu, find the programs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TalentSearchTC Where https://www.facebook.com/eocattc, or call 903-823-3456.