Academic Year Component: September through June
MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPONENT: (6 -8 GRADE)
During the academic year, participants meet on the Bronx Community College campus for twenty-one consecutive Saturdays (6th – 8th grade). All participants receive academic tutoring in areas which they were pre-assessed as being deficient. Individual prescription of each student is created based on assessment scores. Academic tutoring is conducted in: English/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Lab and the Social Sciences. Saturday Tutorials/Workshops are conducted from 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. During the week, the TSMS conduct developmental workshops and counseling in the target middle school to all participants registered with the program. This middle school component is to complement their core academic subjects in school and introduce all participants to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Students are further mentored by participants of the TRIO high school programs.
HIGH SCHOOL COMPONENT: COUNSELING . . .
Talent Search Counselors travel to target area schools and recruit participants for the program. Counseling (academic, vocational, personal) is conducted in the schools to provide technical assistance in completing all financial aid, scholarship and postsecondary admissions applications. TS counselors review each participant academic schedule for academic rigor throughout their high school career, to ensure that by the end of their senior year they have completed a rigorous course load that will prepare them to undertake a program of postsecondary education without the need for remedial courses. Individual and group counseling sessions are conducted to provide continued support for all participants. Services are provided in the target schools, on the Bronx Community College campus and other sites provided by collaborative partners.
Gould Residence Hall, Room 517
Workshops/Seminars are presented to all participants and their parents to orientate and demystify the educational process and educate them on social concerns important to their development & physical well-being. Technical assistance is given to all participants in completing college admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications. SAT/ACT classes are conducted on the BCC campus to prepare students for the actual test and fee waivers are disseminated to alleviate the cost of the test.
College / Cultural Trips / Educational Trips
College trips are conducted in the Tri-state and surrounding areas to expose students to the different college campuses within the CUNY, SUNY and Private systems. Students are given a tour of the campuses and presentations from the Financial Aid, College Admissions and Special Admissions Offices. Students are told what academic credentials are required to be accepted into the postsecondary schools of their choice. Trips are conducted to museums, Broadway and off-Broadway plays and a variety of Exhibits and venues. Educational trips to museums, exhibits, plays, provide participants with additional experience in the Arts and STEM.
SPONSORED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
In support of the commitment of providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or educational circumstance, Congress established a series of programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While financial aid programs assists students in overcoming financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, cultural and social barriers. The goal of these programs is to help low-income, first-generation participants enter college, graduate and achieve economic stability in society. Two-thirds of students served must come from families with income levels within current federal guidelines for low-income families.