Luzerne County Community College Visit

On Tuesday, December 5, Educational Talent Search students from the Hazleton Area Career Center visited Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. Students first learned about the college and the many options that attending a community college provides, including entering the workforce after 2 years or transferring to a 4-year college. Students also learned about the transfer options available to them if they chose to attend LCCC. Then, students went on a tour of campus and visited many different departments, including diesel truck technology, automotive technology, and photography. Students also had the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria and explore the campus book store.


King College Visit

On Monday, December 4, twelfth grade Educational Talent Search students from Hazleton Area High School visited King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Students learned about the college and the admissions process, as well as some of the new programs at King’s, including engineering and nursing. Students then toured campus and were able to see the services and departments offered by the college. Finally, students ate lunch in the dining hall and enjoyed speaking with admissions representatives, who were able to answer all of their questions.

Surveying Engineering

On Friday, November 17, Dr. Dimitrios Bolkas, Instructor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, spoke to Educational Talent Search students in grades 9-12 at Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences about careers in surveying engineering. Students learned about different types of surveying, degree options in the field, how to prepare for a college engineering major while still in high school, and the different types of instruments involved in surveying. Dr. Bolkas demonstrated several instruments and spoke about how drones are also being utilized in surveying.

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!!!!



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.

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: