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WITCC Talent Search Grant Award

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Western Iowa Teach Community College (WITCC) has recently been awarded a Talent Search Grant. The Talent Search Grant is a 5-year federally funded grant from the Department of Education. The grant is funded for $331,311 each year for a total of $1,656,555 over five years.

WITCC’s grant will serve 777 6th through 12th grade students in 17 surrounding Siouxland schools districts. The unique WITCC program expands to these districts covering the branch campuses of Cherokee and Denison. The school districts included are:

Cherokee Area: Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove (OABCIG), Cherokee, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen Union (MMC-RU), River Valley;
Sioux City Area: East High, Hinton, Lawton-Bronson, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Westwood, Whiting;
Denison Area: Ar-We-Va, Boyer Valley, Charter Oak-Ute, Denison, IKM-Manning

The local students qualify for the program as first-generation or economically disadvantaged, and/or educational needs. The goal of Talent Search is to assist students to successfully graduate high school, transition, and complete postsecondary education. The program at WITCC has achieved objectives of college enrollment and completion rates of above 80%.

Talent Search at WITCC has been funded since 2000 provides academic, career, and financial counseling to all students. Additionally, the program is designed to assists with the completion of the FAFSA and other scholarships, provides tutoring (peer, professional, online) to all students and delivers monthly curriculum to students.

The new goals and focus of the grant set forth by the Department of Education are tutoring and mentoring. The WITCC program has received additional funding to fully develop and deliver a tutoring program for all students in the West Monona program.  A mentoring program will be created for all graduating seniors to help them transition to college.

For more information about the Talent Search program, contact Christina Brandon at 712-274-8733 ext. 3227 or christina.brandon@witcc.edu.

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