CBC TRIO Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs Host College Readiness Event

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

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Photo Cutline: Students from the TRIO UB, UB GOST and TS programs are provided with valuable information about the ACT by a representative from Cambridge Education Services.

The TRIO Talent Search (TS) and Upward Bound (UB) programs at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville location recently hosted an ACT workshop for students in the programs. A representative from Cambridge Educational Services conducted the ACT workshop inside of the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium for over 70 students.

Cambridge Educational Services partners with educators and programs like TS and UB to achieve educational advancement for all students. Cambridge Educational Services goals of the ACT workshop include: building college and career skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instruction.

Students had the opportunity to answer ACT sample questions and review them with a Cambridge Educational Services Representative. The representative reviewed each question and provided students with real-time feedback and provided students with test taking tips that would translate well for any tests that the students might encounter.

The TRIO TS program is designed to identify students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the academic potential to succeed in higher education and provides them with academic tutoring and advising; information on financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; and support for applying for college.

CBC Beeville’s TRIO TS program currently serves students at the following high schools: A. C. Jones High School, George West High School, Karnes City High School, Kenedy High School, Mathis High School, Odem High School, Pettus High School, Refugio High School, Runge High School, Skidmore-Tynan High School, Taft High School and Three Rivers High School.

Additionally, UB and UB GOST (George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft) are college prep programs that are designed to assist high school students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation college students. As a part of a federally funded grant, participating in the UB programs comes at no cost to the student.

The TRIO UB program currently serves students in Beeville, Mathis, Pettus and Skidmore-Tynan. In addition, the TRIO UB GOST program currently serves students in George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft.

CBC Beeville’s TS, UB and UB GOST programs are filled with academic and enrichment courses, tutoring, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. TS, UB and UB GOST advisors frequently make visits to each respective student’s high school to provide one-on-one advising services.

Prospective students who would like more information about CBC Beeville’s TRIO programs should contact the TRIO TS Office at (361) 354-2706 or the TRIO UB/UB GOST Office at (361) 354-2715. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/trio.

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