Senior Human Service Leadership major, Loryn Cornette, of Greenleaf, blogs about her final semester at UW Oshkosh. Loryn juggles being a full time student, holding the Treasurer position of the Human Services Organization on campus, having an on campus job in the Undergraduate Academic Resource Center as a Peer Advising Liaison, and working 21 hours a week at her advanced internship placement at UW-Fox Valley’s Student Services Office. Follow Loryn’s blog posts as she writes about her final experiences on campus before commencement in May.
I have been working hard in my Advanced Internship placement at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Student Services with the TRiO – Educational Talent Search program. The Educational Talent Search program is just one of the programs that belong under the TRiO umbrella. TRiO is a set of federally-funded college and university-based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds-including military veterans and students with disabilities (US Department of Education). Other TRiO programs include: Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/ Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement. Many of these programs are available to other middle school, high school, and college students.
With the semester well underway, I have been assigned many projects to complete over the course of her time at UW-Fox Valley this semester. One project in particular relates directly with TRiO alumni students at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. The current Educational Talent Search grant allows the TRiO Coordinators to only work with middle and high school students.
However, to meet the requirements of the grant, the program must submit how many TRiO alumni students graduate with a degree within so many years of graduating from high school. Although many Universities have some type of TRiO program at their University for these students, it does not necessarily mean that the students are involved in the college level program. The University of Wisconsin Fox Valley currently does not have a college level TRiO program for their students. This is where I will be filling the gap.
I will be meeting one on one with TRiO alumni students at UW-Fox Valley to assess their progress at the University level and provide any additional help to resources that they may need. Sometimes students do not realize all the resources that are readily available to them within their University. I hope to make a strong connection with these students to provide and guide them to any resources they may need to better their success at the University level.