Napa Valley College has been awarded a $1,852,865 TRIO Educational Talent Search grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Oscar De Haro, NVC assistant superintendent/vice president for student affairs announced today. The grant will fund the college’s partnership with Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds starting with the current 2021-2022 academic school year and running through 2026.
“We are excited to receive this grant from the Department of Education, which will enable the NVC Talent Search Program to continue to provide essential pre-collegiate services to an estimated 668 students and families in our community,” said Associate Dean Ramon Salceda, who manages TRIO Programs/Education Talent Search and Student Support Services. “For more than 25 years, the program has been partnering with NVUSD in serving our most marginalized students and directly impacting the closing of the achievement gap.”
According to Salceda, the program has helped thousand of students to not only graduate high school, but to successfully transition to colleges or universities after graduation.
Students in grades 6 through 12 at NVUSD middle and high schools can apply for the program, which offers: Skills workshops, such as college awareness, study skills, career planning and academic success; academic counseling; assistance in applying for colleges, financial aid and scholarships; tutorial sessions; and field trips to college campuses, universities and cultural events.
“It’s called ‘Educational Talent Search’ because the applicants have to be not only low-income, disabled or potential first-generation college students, but also continuously carry a minimum 2.5 GPA, showing promise that, given the proper support and encouragement, they will achieve and thrive in their education after high school,” De Haro said.
For the 2021-2022 school year, NVUSD students at Harvest, Redwood and Silverado Middle schools and Napa and Vintage High schools are eligible to apply for the program, though most students start in middle school. Services will be provided at the individual school sites with occasional activities and events held at the Napa Valley College main campus.