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$1.2 million grant sustains CCC’s Educational Talent Search program for next five years
CLARKSDALE – The United States Department of Education has awarded Coahoma Community College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program with $240,000 per year for the next five years to assist the institution in providing resources to Coahoma County youth, helping them complete high school and prepare for post-secondary education.

$1.2 million grant sustains CCC’s Educational Talent Search program for next five years

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Fri Sep 30, 2016

CLARKSDALE – The United States Department of Education has awarded Coahoma Community College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program with $240,000 per year for the next five years to assist the institution in providing resources to Coahoma County youth, helping them complete high school and prepare for post-secondary education.

ETS is a federal program that is designed to identify and assist individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential and excel toward higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to obtain a college degree.

 “It’s a very competitive process, so we’re extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue providing the Educational Talent Search program to our students and the community,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “This particular grant will allow us to bring resources to students and get them focused and aware of the many educational options available once they complete high school.”

While CCC’s ETS program has historically focused on a multi-county area, the grant’s renewal calls for the program to specifically target 500 students from four middle and five high schools in Coahoma County annually. The program will serve a total of 2500 students and their families over five years.

“Our students are so talented but many of them face numerous vulnerabilities,” said Towner. “This grant will help us to address a lot of the vulnerable aspects of our community and help to even the playing field for our students as well as their families.”

Services offered by CCC’s ETS program include: academic tutoring, mentoring, monthly workshops on personal and career counseling, exposure to higher education and culturally enrichment activities, Summer Institutes, and school/college and career-ready workshops—such as ACT preparation, resume writing, financial aid planning, goal setting and advising.

Applications for the program are available in the counselor’s office of participating schools, which include: Coahoma Agricultural High School; Coahoma County Junior High; Coahoma County High School; W.A. Higgins Middle School; Clarksdale High School; and J.W. Stampley 9th Grade Academy

For questions or more information about CCC’s Talent Search program, contact Program Director Kimberly Bee at (662) 621-4136 or ksbee@coahomacc.edu .