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Tehama Educational Talent Search Program Delivers for Students!

College is not a Dream, It's a Plan

Tehama County, CA- The Tehama County Department of Education in partnership with UC Davis is happy to announce the results of this past year’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) graduates.  Of the seventy-six 2015 graduates of the Educational Talent Search program, 91% of them are attending college this fall.  Students are attending colleges as close to home as Shasta College and as far away as San Diego State University.  One high school senior commented, “The ETS program showed me how important college was and how to apply for different colleges and financial aid.  There’s a good chance I wouldn’t be going to college without their program.”  This Federally funded program in Tehama serves 500 students each year ranging from 7th through 12 graders at Maywood Middle School, Corning Union High School, Gerber Elementary, Vista Preparatory and Red Bluff High School.  The program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education by providing two advisors who mentor students to identify their college and career goals and provide field trips and events to broaden their perspectives.  One of the main objectives of the grant is to provide the support, information and the skills necessary to attend some form of college (trade school, community college or 4 year university) upon high school graduation. 

 

Spring 2016 marks the end of this five year grant but Tehama County Department of Education has committed to write another grant to continue providing these services starting fall 2016.  It is important that Tehama County families have the support and help they need from multiple sources; high school counselors and teachers, after school programs, and mentoring programs like Educational Talent Search.  It is hard to sometimes quantify the work of a program but a parent of an ETS student attending their second year at Southern Oregon University shares how the program has impacted her family:  “My experience with Tehama Educational Talent Search is our success story.  I did not have college funds set aside for my daughter and I was not familiar with any of the options or opportunities that could be available to us. I honestly thought that college was only for those whose parents could afford to send their children and cover all their expenses.  I was very wrong.  If I didn't have the direction and advice and support from ETS staff, my daughter wouldn't be pursuing her dreams today.”