Participants spent the morning cleaning up and were given free admission to the Texas State Aquarium for the rest of the day as a reward for their efforts. The students logged community service hours that will reflect well on their resumes.
UB-GOST is in its second year of a four-year federal grant. The program office is located at Coastal Bend College in Beeville and services 50 high school students in George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft. In order to qualify for UB-GOST, students must be in ninth or tenth grade; attend one of the four target high schools; and be considered low-income and/or first generation college (neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree). Students have to pass a test, the MAT-7, to qualify.
UB GOST is one of five TRIO programs housed at Coastal Bend College. The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The primary goal of TRIO is to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
The last testing date for fall is set for Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CBC Beeville. Anyone interested in the program should visit a high school counselor for an application or contact Heather Anderson, UB-GOST Project Director, at (361) 354-2746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.