TCC offers a variety of early intervention programs that offer college preparation and support to middle and high school students. These programs focus on students in grades 6-12 and are designed to increase college awareness, attendance and success. These programs include:
This program is designed to increase the number of low-income educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6 through 12 who, upon high school graduation, are admitted to and successfully complete postsecondary education. Participants should be students who otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college, state college, state university, or independent postsecondary institution without special support and recruitment efforts.
The Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program was established to address the overwhelming need for a comprehensive support structure to assist foster youth in making the transition from a structured foster care program to independent young adulthood. The Fellowship program will provide financial, academic, and social support to assist college bound youth aging out of foster care pursue a college education.
By the age of 18, many children in foster care have experienced physical and mental health issues, multiple changes in elementary and secondary schools, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty and a number of other issues that may impede their ability to complete high school. For those who complete high school, the prospect of navigating the higher education maze is daunting. Historically, youth in foster care have not received the necessary support to pursue higher education opportunities or to complete degree programs at the same rates as their peers.
Research indicates youth aging out of foster care require additional social and academic supports to achieve degree completion in higher education. The Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program will provide the resources and support structure needed to ensure Fellowship recipients are successful in achieving their educational goals.
This program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.
This program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in 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 and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.