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.

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Nothing ever stopped her pursuit of an education…

Chrissy came to EOC a long time ago when she needed her GED.  She tried for years to pass that test and every time, she fell just a few points short.  So, her Academic Specialist at EOC offered a unique plan to pass that test; come in once a week and go over those questions that she just couldn’t figure out by studying at home.

So, once a week for four months, Chrissy met with her EOC counselor and together they worked through the test.  Finally, Chrissy passed the GED and decided to not stop on her educational pursuit.  First step, the Certified Nurses Aid (CNA).  Chrissy found that she was a natural with taking care of the elderly.  For the first time in her life, she had a regular paycheck.  But Chrissy wasn’t finished yet.  Next step, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  To prepare for the entrance test, Chrissy and her EOC counselor met once a week and went over the test in pieces until Chrissy knew the material and was confident in taking the Nursing Entrance Test.  Of course, she did great on the test, and was admitted to the program.

Today, Chrissy is a nursing professional that not only loves her job; but is making more money that she ever dreamed possible.  She called today to say that her and her husband are closing on their first home next week; to think that when this all started, she was living in public housing.

Partnering to Inform our Students


Educational Talent Search has partnered for years with PHEAA (Pa Higher Education Assistance Association) to inform our students, parents, and the community on study skills, careers exploration, education opportunities, and financial aid completion. My students at Shenandoah Valley got the chance to hear about the various education levels available to them, some example careers at each level, and sample earnings. My 7th and 8th grade students, like most others, have a limited view of careers with the traditional nurse, doctor, lawyer, teacher, et al type ideas. After presenting nontraditional careers and having students realize that they don’t have to be confined by gender, location, or finances, students are energized with new ideas as ETS strives to expand the horizon of our students.