Career Speaker

On Thursday, March 9, tenth and eleventh grade ETS students from Hazleton Area High School and Hazleton Area Career Center had the opportunity to learn about careers in surveying from Dr. Dimitrios Bolkas, Instructor of Surveying and Engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Students learned about the science behind surveying, discovered degree options in surveying technology and surveying engineering, and even got to see surveying equipment in action. Two students enrolled in the surveying program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre were also present to answer questions from a college student’s perspective. Thanks to Dr. Bolkas for all of the information on this booming STEM field!

TRIO Alumna Viola Davis | Maine Educational Opportunity Center

MEOC, as a TRIO program, is part of a larger family of similar programs. The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is the national association of TRIO programs. Recently, they introduced a new feature on their website that will highlight notable alums from programs similar to MEOC. This first post highlights actress Viola Davis, who is an alumna from the Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College.

blog-010317When internationally-acclaimed actress Viola Davis gains her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 5, two special people will be among the many around the world cheering her on: Her older sister, Deloris Grant, and the sisters’ earliest acting coach, Ron Stetson.The federal Upward Bound program links all three.

As teenagers, Deloris and Viola in 1979 enrolled together in the six-week intensive Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College. They did so during the one and only summer that Stetson worked in the college prep, student success program for those who are low-income or “first generation,” meaning their parents did not obtain a college degree.

Former ETS Student

An update on a former ETS student, who graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia this past December with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design: Jessica attended last year’s New York Bridal Fashion Week in conjunction with her second internship. Over the last couple of years, she has been heavily involved in special events related to her schoolwork. As an honors student, she was often asked to design and/or show designs at various fashion shows and events in Philadelphia. Some of those included showcasing steampunk designs at a S.T.E.A.M.punk Expo held at Morris Arboretum (2015) and the annual PhashionPhest (2015) show. She also created a design that was a part of a fashion show for Subaru Cherry Blossom festival (2016) alongside a previous menswear design inspired by the video game Assassin’s Creed. Both of these looks were presented at a more exclusive promo event for the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Loews Hotel in center city Philadelphia (2016). She was also recognized for her participation in a design contest alongside the Mummers (2015). Additionally, she worked with high end design company Oscar de la Renta one on one with the bridal collection. Jessica also interned with New York based bridal company Pas de Deux Bridal. Bridal was her main interest from the beginning and followed through all the way to her senior collection, where she completed the six month process of creating all original designs from scratch for a bridal party, including a bridal gown with removable sheer skirt, two bridesmaid dresses, and a flower girl dress inspired by the secret flower language used in the Victorian Era. She attended the most recent New York Fashion Week, which is the biggest, most prestigious group of fashion shows in the country and one of the biggest in the world. She looks forward to a career in fashion.

Thank you…

After completing her FAFSA at her school, a senior started out her sentence with the word THANK YOU repeated to me at least a half a dozen times in a row.  This was then followed by:  “My mom and I were trying to do this for weeks on our own and kept getting stuck, mainly on the income part.  She was afraid that she messed it up for me.  I am so glad I went to my counselor and that she suggested the ETS program at the Educational Opportunity Centers.  Thank goodness!  It was driving us crazy.  I can’t believe how fast you got it done for me.  Thanks again Mr. S, you have no idea what a relief this is for me.”

College Visit Questions

Get more out of a college visit.  Asking the best questions may get your the best information for deciding on a school.

You can’t always go just on that first impression of a campus.  Dig deeper to unearth more about the campus, students, faculty, academics, extra curriculars, and more.

Here’s a great list to download to build your own list of questions:  http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf