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TRIO Programs

Bevill State Community College currently has eight TRIO projects grant funded by the US Department of Education housed on its four main campuses. The mission of TRIO is to help low-income students enter and graduate college. Congress created the TRIO programs (originally there were just three) because it was determined that students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, were less likely to achieve a college degree.

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  • Student Support Services
  • Educational Talent Search
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math and Science

Student Support Services

Fayette, Jasper and Sumiton Campuses
The mission of Student Support Services (SSS) is to provide services to low-income, first-generation college students or students with disabilities aimed at improving college persistence and graduation rates, as well as increasing transfer rates from 2-year to 4-year institutions. The Fayette Campus project serves 160 participants and Sumiton and Jasper Campuses serve 140 participants. New participants are selected each academic year to replace out-going participants.  Applications can be obtained at the SSS office on each campus.

Services Provided

  • Academic Tutoring
  • Assistance in completing financial aid applications
  • Advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection
  • Assistance in applying to a 4-year institution
  • Education and/or counseling services designed to improve
    financial and economic literacy
  • Exposure to cultural events
  • Career exploration

For more information please
call toll free 1-800-648-3271
or contact:

Wanda Jackson
Fayette Director
205-932-3221    ext. 5149
wjackson@bscc.edu

Judy Barnes
Jasper Director
205-921-3177  ext. 5357
jabarnes@bscc.edu

LaToya Cosby
Sumiton Director
205-648-3271  ext. 5417
lacosby@bscc.edu

Amanda Collins
Sumiton Academic Advisor
acollins@bscc.edu



Educational Talent Search

Fayette, Hamilton and Sumiton Campuses
The Talent Search 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 to the postsecondary school of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school drop-outs by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the postsecondary education institution of their choice.

Services Provided

  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling
    including advice on entry/re-entry to secondary or post-
    secondary programs.
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial Services
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses and cultural activities
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial
    aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
  • Workshops for the families of participants

For more information please
call toll free 1-800-648-3271
or contact:

Suzanne Light
Director
205-648-3271   ext. 5213
srlight@bscc.edu


Upward Bound Program

Fayette, Hamilton and Sumiton Campuses
The mission of Bevill State Community College is to make education accessible and affordable for its constituents and to provide opportunities for educational growth. The chief goal of the Bevill State Community College Upward Bound Programs is providing services to its participants that will assist them in preparing for and achieving success in an institution of higher learning. Selection criteria for Upward Bound participants include: low-income, potential first-generation college student, and academic need. Two-thirds of the selected participants must be both low-income and potential first- generation college student with academic need.


Fayette Upward Bound
The Fayette program serves nine schools located within the five counties of the Bevill State Community College Service Area: Winfield High School in Marion County; Lamar County and South Lamar High School in Lamar County; Hubbertville, Berry, and Fayette County High School in Fayette County; Gordo, Pickens County and Aliceville High School in Pickens County.

Hamilton Upward Bound
The Hamilton program serves nine high schools in Lamar, Marion, and Winston County.

Sumiton Upward Bound
The Sumiton Campus serves nine high schools in Walker and Jefferson County. Those schools are Cordova, Corner, Curry, Dora, Minor, Oak Grove, Oakman, Parrish and Walker High Schools.

Services Provided

  • Instruction in math, foreign language, laboratory sciences, literature, and composition
  • Tutorials for academic subjects
  • Mentoring for careers and college life
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • Counseling for academic, personal, and career goals
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Exposure to academic and cultural events
  • Seminars to enhance awareness in the areas of academics,
    social skills, health and physical maintenance, lifestyles,
    and values clarification
  • Monthly stipends
  • Summer college credit classes at Bevill State with tuition
    and fees paid by the project
  • Work-study positions to expose participants to careers
    requiring a postsecondary degree

For more information please
call toll free 1-800-648-3271
or contact:

Donna Swinney
Hamilton Director
205-921-3177    ext. 5309
dswinney@bscc.edu

Lana May
Fayette Director
205-932-3221  ext. 5150
lmay@bscc.edu

Gina Thomason
Sumiton Director
205-648-3271  ext. 5281
gthomason@bscc.edu

Katelin Bell
Sumiton Coordinator
205-648-3271  ext. 5280
krice@bscc.edu


Upward Bound Math and Science Program

Fayette Campus
The mission of Bevill State Community College is to make education accessible and affordable for its constituents and to provide opportunities for educational growth. The chief goal of the Bevill State Community College Upward Bound Math and Science Program is to provide services to its participants that will assist them in preparing for and achieving success in an institution of higher learning. Selection criteria for Upward Bound Math and Science participants include: low-income, potential first-generation college student, and academic need. Two-thirds of the selected participants must be both low-income and potential first- generation college student with academic need.

Fayette Upward Bound Math and Science
The Fayette program serves eight schools located within the five counties of the Bevill State Community College Service Area: Brilliant and Marion County High Schools in Marion County; Lamar County and Sulligent High Schools in Lamar County; Berry and Fayette County High Schools in Fayette County; Carbon Hill High School in Walker County; Pickens County High School in Pickens County.

Services Provided

  • Instruction in math, laboratory sciences, foreign language,
    literature, and composition.
  • Tutorials for academic subjects
  • Mentoring for careers and college life
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • Counseling for academic, personal, and career goals
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Exposure to academic and cultural events
  • Seminars to enhance awareness in the areas of academics,
    social skills, health and physical maintenance, lifestyles,
    and values clarification
  • Monthly stipends
  • Summer college credit classes for graduating seniors at Bevill State with tuition and fees paid by the project
  • Summer component for the UBMS participants on the Bevill State - Fayette campus
  • mentor the UBMS participants to enter and complete a program of postsecondary education and embark upon careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics fields.


For more information please
call toll free 1-800-648-3271
or contact:

Anne Uhlman
Fayette Director
205-932-3221    ext. 5163
auhlman@bscc.edu


Rachel Chaffin
Fayette Coordinator
205-932-3221    ext. 5177
rfranks@bscc.edu


Upward Bound Math & Science is a 100 % Federally Funded Project by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $250,000. It is the policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Bevill State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.




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