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Kay Landrum, Weatherford College director of student outreach and student success, announced this week that the College’s Talent Search program grant has been renewed for another five years. The U.S. Department of Education awarded almost $1.2 million that will extend the program another five years, approximately $233,000 per year.
“The competition this year was extremely stiff, with many existing programs being cut,” said Landrum. “Weatherford College won this award because it scored a perfect total in the prior experience points section. This is due to the dedication of Director John Turntine and his staff, Susan Stone, Shanda Blount and Keilah Villarreal.”
That perfect score, said Landrum, is a result of meeting all of the federal objectives each year for five years and also, in part, to the support of the community.
“WC enjoyed an outpouring of support from the community in its quest for another Talent Search grant. The Resource Development Office and its director, Dr. Shirley Chenault, assisted Turntine in the collection of 34 commitment letters from area schools and 26 letters of support from community organizations, College personnel and other interested parties in support of the program,” said Landrum. “The letters included commitments for office and classroom space, volunteer time, publicity and other methods of supporting Talent Search.”
The Weatherford College Educational Talent Search Program, a Federal TRIO Program, is authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Talent Search identifies and assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources that will allow them to succeed in secondary and postsecondary education. The program provides academic, career, college admissions and financial aid counseling for students and their parents. All participating students are advised and encouraged to continue their educational journey and enroll in the postsecondary educational institution of their choice.
“Our program currently assists more than 600 students from grades 6th-12th at Weatherford, Springtown, Mineral Wells, Santo and Jacksboro High Schools and a host of area Middle Schools,” said Turntine. “The program is designed to motivate and support students by offering them an array of educational, cultural and community-based opportunities. The success of our students will impact not only them and their families, but the community as a whole, as well.
“Our goal is to leave a lasting impression on our students by preparing them for college and instilling in them the confidence needed to succeed not only in Weatherford, but wherever their endeavors take them.”
For more information about the Talent Search program, contact Turtine at 817-598-6482.
FACTS ABOUT Weatherford College Talent Search Program:
· In 2010, 86% of Talent Search Seniors enrolled in college.
· 88% of non-seniors were promoted to the next grade level at the end of the 2010 school year.
· In 2010, 95% of “college-ready” students applied for student financial aid.
· 80% of Talent Search Seniors applied to postsecondary institutions in 2010.
· In 2010, 70% of “college-ready” students enrolled in postsecondary institutions.