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Chemeketa’s TRiO Talent Search grant renewed

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Trio talent search grant fundedChemeketa’s TRiO Talent Search and Mentor Project grant funds services to help 544 eligible students from North Salem and McKay high schools prepare for college each year.  The project advisors also assist eligible eighth grade students from Houck, Parrish, Waldo and Stephens Middle Schools. The middle school program explores career interests, college programs, and prepares them to successfully transition to North Salem and McKay. The U.S. Department of Education has renewed funding for the program at $261,120 per year for the next five years.  The Talent Search and Mentor Project is 100% federally funded.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to help students explore careers, overcome barriers and successfully progress in their education towards college,” said Susan McCaffrey, Chemeketa TRiO Talent Search and Mentor project coordinator.

TRiO Talent Search and Mentor staff will recruit students fall term from McKay and North Salem to participate in the program.  Eighth grade students from the schools that feed into McKay and North Salem will be recruited in January for career exploration and help understanding how high school class choices and grades affect future opportunities.  TRiO Talent Search students from the middle schools will continue receiving Talent Search and Mentor project services all through high school up until they access college.

The TRiO Talent Search and Mentor program serves schools with qualifying levels of –

  • Low-income families
  • Low levels of adult educational attainment
  • High number of students taking more than four years to graduate
  • Minimal access to rigorous courses
  • Low college-going rates
  • High student-to-counselor ratios
  • Low state assessment test scores

The TRiO Talent Search and Mentor Project provides advising, mentoring and tutoring services to the schools and closely monitors student performance and progress. Students may receive supplemental tutoring, scheduling assistance and/or college and career exploration experiences. They also are supported in getting ready for college with assistance in obtaining financial aid, scholarships, help with college applications and college test preparation.

The Talent Search grant funds one coordinator position, two advising positions, adjunct instructors and part-time tutors at Chemeketa.


Chemeketa staff advocates for migrant education in D.C.

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa staff in Washington D.C.Last month a team of Chemeketa staff members went to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation and support efforts of the federal Office of Migrant Education (OME).

Programs offered by the OME include –

  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP) which focuses on providing GED test preparation for students
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) which provides supplemental financial assistance and support services, with the goal of preparing students to continue their education and obtain a degree.

Currently, there are 36 HEP programs and 37 CAMP programs across the country. Chemeketa offers both of these programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP and CAMP delegation met with the offices of Rep. Kurt Schrader and senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. They sought to advocate for continued and increased funding, along with participating in annual planning and training.

Advocates asked for increased funding of $5 billion to the U. S. Department of Education to support an addition of 11 new programs. They also shared the challenges and successes of both programs as well as the positive impacts and opportunities that students receive from both programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP program serves 70 students per year and is currently entering the third year of a five year grant cycle. CAMP serves 55 first-year students per year.