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TRIO-INSPIRE outreach and engagement projects

The Educational Talent Search program identifies and assists eligible Kootenai County youths in sixth through 12th grades who have the potential to succeed in higher education, but because of their individual circumstances would likely not pursue postsecondary 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 Educational Opportunity Center can help you form realistic career goals and identify programs to match your needs if you are thinking about going back to school, upgrading your skills or completing a post-secondary degree. We can assist with program advising, GED and college applications, financial aid, testing, course selection and more. The EOC can help you with admission forms and funding searches at any college or university, including out-of-state and online options. We are here to make furthering education attainable for you, and because we are funded by a federal grant, all of our services are free. The primary goal of the EOC is to increase the number of adults 19 and older enrolled in post-secondary educational institutions. In many instances, the EOC may serve individuals younger than 19 or those who have not yet received their high school diploma or GED certificate. Contact Educational Opportunity Center.

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Silver Valley Upward Bound is committed to ensuring that each student is provided with quality opportunity in education that allow for development of character and leadership skills that will prepare him or her for success in high school and college. Our mission is to assist low-income, first generation, college-bound students in the Silver Valley, which includes Kellogg and Wallace high schools. Contact Interim Director Ariella Horan.

The project connects students in the Lewis-Clark Valley with college and careers, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We provide information, individual services, field-trips and campus experiences to support the path of our students all the way through high school to college. We work with students in Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin school districts throughout their high school career on college preparation and support. Contact STEM Access.

Nations provides college preparatory support and guidance to students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. Nations is dedicated to working with its scholars to develop into their full potential as the future stewards of the community, our nation and are interconnected world. Services include tutoring, counseling, mentoring, summer courses and financial literacy training. We strongly encourage all participants to actively engage in as many of these activities as services as possible. We serve students at Lakeside High School in Plummer, Potlatch Junior and Senior High School in Potlatch and Wapato High School in Wapato, Washington. Contact Nations Upward Bound.

Bridge Idaho is an organization dedicated to educational opportunity, college access and achievement in higher education for low-income and first-generation students. We act as a resource and advocate for our participants who are preparing for, transitioning to and attending higher education institutions. Programs that fall under Bridge Idaho include Lapwai and Orofino Upward Bound, Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Upward Bound, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Local Education Program, College Access Challenge Grant, Summer Food Service Program, Bridge Program and Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). Contact Bridge Idaho.

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