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SAT Prep Works #TRiOWorks

Our first SAT after school prep ran twice a week for 5 weeks in March.  Students took the test in May and the scores came out today.  Below is the text conversation between myself and one of the students.

Student:  “Hey Mrs. Kahn, I got my scores today.”

Me:  “And……”

Student: “ I think I can do better, therefore I am going to take it again.  I got a 1070”.

Me:  “that is a very good score- I hope you can do better next time too”

Student:  “It’s my first time taking it, so I guess more practice will help, but I wanted to let you know that I was really scared to take the test, but the SAT prep really helped.  Thank you for everything.”

It’s conversations like this that I know TRiO is doing great work.  We have conversations like this every day with our students.  How many people in life can actually say they love their job?  I can!!!!



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.