outreach programs at a glance
VSAC's Outreach programs were created in 1969 to encourage and help less-advantaged young people pursue some form of education and training beyond high school. Outreach provides information on career awareness and development, college planning, college selection, and financial aid in individual and group settings. In addition to serving middle and high school students, Outreach also works with adults to help them reach career and education goals.
Who receives outreach services?
Outreach serves Vermont students and adults who want information on career planning, education and training beyond high school, the financial aid process, and early college planning. Outreach has separate programs targeting middle school students, secondary students and adults:
GEAR UP – Vermont State GEAR UP is funded in part by a six-year federal grant totaling $20,960,592 and by dollar-for-dollar, in-kind support totaling $20,960,592 provided by non-governmental sources.
Talent Search – Talent Search is a federal TRIO program funded in part by a five year grant totaling $2,219,435. Additional funding is provided by other sources.
Educational Opportunity Center Program – The Vermont Education Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federal TRIO grant. The program is funded by a five year grant totaling $2,339,720, with addition funding provided by other sources.
These programs are required to serve primarily Vermonters who are the first in their family to attend postsecondary education, and who come from low to modest income backgrounds. Students are identified and referred through school guidance offices. Adult students are referred by personnel from human service agencies or are self-referred. These programs provide ongoing counseling, with parents of school-aged participants receiving support as well.
For more information about VSAC's Outreach programs:
- Newsletters for parents of Outreach students
- Frequently Asked Questions
- History of VSAC Outreach programs
- Outreach Links