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ETS at UCR Receives $1.15 Million Grant


Educational Talent Search Program at UC Riverside Receives $1.15 Million Grant

Program helps put low-income and potential first-generation students at four San Bernardino high schools on the path to college

(December 22, 2011)

Students from the San Bernardino City Unified School District visited USC as part of the Educational Talent Search program at UC Riverside. The program helps put low-income and potential first-generation students on the path to college.Enlarge

Students from the San Bernardino City Unified School District visited USC as part of the Educational Talent Search program at UC Riverside. The program helps put low-income and potential first-generation students on the path to college.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – A five-year, $1.15 million grant from the U.S Department of Education will allow the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at the University of California, Riverside to continue its work of putting low-income high school students in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) on the path towards pursuing a college education.

The ETS program at UC Riverside has been in existence since 2002. It is overseen by the Office of TRiO Programs and is one of over 450 such programs nationwide and 60 in California. Four SBCUSD high schools will participate in the program, Arroyo Valley High School, Pacific High School, San Bernardino High School, and San Gorgonio High School.

“The schools were chosen based on need and the working relationship we have established with SBCUSD,” TRiO Director Alicia Velazquez said. “The target populations at these schools have a high need for assistance.”

The grant, $230,000 annually, was awarded on Sept. 1, 2011 and will provide funding through 2016.

Velazquez said that she expects more than 1,000 students to participate in the four year program, which offers one-on-one academic advising, mentoring, college campus visits, cultural activities, and a new three-day summer residential component at UC Riverside. The program is open to low-income and potential first generation college students at the schools.

“Higher education is a key to elevating an individual, a family, or an entire community,” Velazquez said, adding that students in the program are not pushed towards attending UC Riverside or any other specific school. “ETS provides students who are motivated to pursue a higher education with the information and tools that they need to prepare and apply for college, and to succeed once they get there.”

She added that UC Riverside’s program is unique in the services that it provides.

“Not all ETS programs offer a residential program or professional staff mentoring,” she said. “This will be the first year that we offer the summer residential visit. Students will stay on campus and take college-like classes taught by graduate students, listen to guest speakers and participate in enrichment programs and team-building exercises.”

In addition to ETS, the Office of TRiO Programs also sponsors Upward Bound Classic and Upward Bound Oasis which work to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school, and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
Students in the UC Riverside Educational Talent Search program tour the UC San Diego campus.Enlarge

Students in the UC Riverside Educational Talent Search program tour the UC San Diego campus.

Students in the UC Riverside Educational Talent Search pose in front of a poster for the Wizard of Oz at the San Diego Civic Theater. Students visit a campus in the morning, then have a fun/cultural experience in the afternoon.Enlarge

Students in the UC Riverside Educational Talent Search pose in front of a poster for the Wizard of Oz at the San Diego Civic Theater. Students visit a campus in the morning, then have a fun/cultural experience in the afternoon.

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