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Lone Star College-North Harris TRiO Educational Talent Search Program receives newly-funded grant

The TRiO Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) at Lone Star College-North Harris recently received a newly-funded grant for more than $1.3 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant will be used over the course of five years (2016 to 2021) to serve a diverse population of students to assist in the achievement of educational success.

The ETS Program is a federal outreach and student services program designed to identify, serve and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The LSC-North Harris ETS Program prepares academically qualified, limited income and first-generation Harris County youth to complete secondary school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary education of their choice. Educational Talent Search will provide academic advising, career advising, college acceptance and application process advising, financial literacy and financial aid information.

LSC-North Harris is the only college in the Lone Star College system to receive this highly-competitive grant. “Due to the limited number of awards for this particular grant, LSC-North Harris was very fortunate to have been selected as one of the recipients, having competed against more than 1,000 institutions that had applied,” said Carolyn Wade, LSC-North Harris dean and interim vice president, student services.

The new-earned grant will benefit 542 students ranging from eighth to twelfth grade from Wunderlich Intermediate, Nimitz Ninth Grade Campus, Nimitz High School, Klein Forest High School, and Westfield High School, all within the Aldine, Spring and Klein Independent School Districts. 

“We are incredibly excited to receive this grant,” said LSC-North Harris ETS director, Brian Flores. “The support from our college administrators, parents and students has been parallel in the success of our program and we are delighted that the ETS Program is going to continue to serve students for years to come.”

Students may be eligible for the ETS program if they meet the following criteria:
• You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• You are in the 8th through 12th grade
• Your household income meets guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education
• You are a potential first-generation college student. Neither parent (natural or adoptive)
or legal guardian has received a bachelor’s degree 
• Enrolled at one of the five target schools in the LSC-North Harris service area

To apply for the Educational Talent Search Program or for or more information, visit LoneStar.edu/trio. The ETS Program is free to its participants and is 100 percent funded by The U.S. Department of Education.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 85,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of nearly 98,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.