Southeastern News

Southeastern’s Educational Opportunity Center grant renewed

DURANT, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Southeastern Oklahoma StateUniversity has received a $500,720 (2016-17) grant to continue the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program.

Educational Opportunity Centers are one of eight grant programs collectively known as the Federal TRIO Programs. These programs identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans, military-connected students, and individuals with disabilities to  progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The Southeastern EOC serves 1,620 individuals annually.

The TRIO programs hosted at Southeastern are Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Texoma Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Project: TEACH.  Combined, the TRIO programs at Southeastern serve 3,149 students annually, and have successfully met their mandatory objectives each year since the first program (Upward Bound) began in 1966.

Teriki Barnes serves as director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern.

In all, the Department of Education awarded $48 million in grants to 143

colleges and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The grants provide readily accessible college guidance to adults who may not otherwise quickly decipher the steps needed for college admissions and continued success through graduation.

EOC grants, five years in duration, assist adults in gaining the skills necessary for pursuing postsecondary credentials.

Participants are connected to tutors, mentors and counselors for guidance on admission, financial aid and postsecondary course selection. For those who may not have finished high school, help is offered on secondary school re-entry or high school equivalency exam programs – or other alternative education programs.

EOC projects also provide services to students traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including students with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other disadvantaged groups, such as those who may be homeless, exiting foster care or otherwise disconnected.

Teriki Barnes installed as President-elect of state organization

Teriki BarnesDURANT, Okla. – Teriki Barnes, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was installed as President-Elect of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance (ODSA) at its recent state conference in Midwest City.

Barnes will serve a three-year term on the ODSA board, and will also serve on the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) regional board.

ODSA, established in 1971, is a service organization of TRIO professionals within Oklahoma, whose purpose is to foster the development, improvement, and extension of educational opportunities for TRIO-eligible persons.  There are currently 79 TRIO programs in Oklahoma, with seven of those programs hosted at Southeastern.

TRIO programs are administered through federal grants to provide outreach and supportive services for underrepresented students from middle school to post-baccalaureate.

Low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans and military-connected students, and persons with disabilities are provided financial aid application assistance, academic counseling, college admissions assistance, career exploration, tutoring, and financial literacy counseling through these programs.

The TRIO programs hosted at Southeastern are Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Texoma Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Project: TEACH.  Combined, the TRIO programs at Southeastern serve 3,149 students annually, and have successfully met their mandatory objectives each year since the first program (Upward Bound) began in 1966.

Other Southeastern  TRIO personnel who have served as ODSA board members include Tomyra Britt, Brina Ford, Deborah Godwin, Susy Haworth and Kris Simpson.