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The ETS staff works hard to keep students and parents informed of TRiO news and events. Some of our correspondence is done through the mail, but students will stay most informed if they attend their assigned monthly workshop or stop in to see their ETS coordinator at school.


UWFox to Host TRiO ‘Middle School Conference’

City of Menasha, WI -- The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a special "Middle School Conference" on Saturday, December 1, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The "Middle School Conference" is being sponsored by the campus' TRiO program, and is expected to host approximately 100 middle school students from Menasha's Maplewood Middle School, Neenah's Shattuck Middle School, Seton Middle School, as well as middle schools from Little Chute, Green Bay and Wausau.

According to Tammie Blaney, TRiO director, "The conference will start with sessions offered by several UWFox professors. Dawn Grenzer, a TRiO alum herself and former TRIO staffer at UWFox, will be our keynote lunch speaker. In the afternoon, Marge Rubin, from Fox Valley Tech, will come and share information with students about the Career Pathways website, a site that links students' interests with career clusters, college majors and the Wisconsin public, private and tech colleges that offer them. Career Pathways also has links to Wisconsin businesses and current job openings. In addition, there will be general ‘college knowledge' sessions offered.

"The goal of this event is to get more students whose parents have not attended college to start thinking about their future," Blaney said. The theme is "Know How To Go."

TRiO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. Blaney explained, "Our goal is to plant a seed with these young people about going on to the college of their choice. Our job is to provide the extra support they need, like college visits, mentoring, tutoring and access to financial aid."

Current TRiO high school students will be attending as volunteers to help us out during the daylong event.

According to the website for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), more than 840,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by more than 2,900 TRiO programs nationally.

The UWFox-based TRiO program currently works with approximately 540 students within the Menasha Joint School District and the Kaukauna Area School District.

For more information about this Saturday's "Middle School Conference," contact Blaney at 920-832-0102, or via email at tammie.blaney@uwc.edu.

"University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's Trio/Educational Talent Search program helps underprivileged students prepare for college," Appleton Post-Crescent, Oct. 14.

...The 15-year-old Menasha High School sophomore may well reach that goal, with help from a three-year-old federal program helping underprivileged Kaukauna and Menasha students get into college. "We have to motivate students to believe that it is a possibility for them," said Terri Holzman, director of Trio/Educational Talent Search, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley that works with the public schools. "Coming from low-income families, I'm sure that they hear things like, 'College? Are you kidding? We can't afford college'"...

Regents recognize 2009 recipients of Academic Staff Awards for Excellence

Terri Holzman & Regent Vasquez
Terri Holzman & Regent Vasquez

Director Terri Holzman accepted the program Academic Staff Excellence Award on behalf of the Educational Talent Search Program at UW-Fox Valley. 

In presenting the award, Regent José Vásquez said the ETS program addressed two of the primary concerns and priorities of the Board: increasing the number of baccalaureate degree holders in the state and increasing the diversity of the UW System student body and graduates. "It will only be when we have truly diverse and successful graduates from our university system that we will be able to call ourselves institutions of excellence," Vásquez said.

"There could be no better sponsor for this program than the UW System with its ability to take a vision and grow it into a relevant, vital community asset," Holzman said.

"To be able to instill hope, determination, possibility and the opportunity of pursuing college within our students has been extremely rewarding," said ETS program coordinator Dawn Grenzer.

To read the full article, click here  http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/2009/r090605.htm

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