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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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July 4, 2011
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today announced that UConn secured a $290,226 Talent Search grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help Windham and New Haven students finish high school and pursue college education. UConn will use the funding to identify 650 middle and high school students in Windham and New Haven. The Talent Search Program is designed to identify students with potential for education at the postsecondary level, and to encourage them to complete high school and undertake a program of postsecondary education.

Congressman speaking on Floor

"One of the best ways to help Windham overcome its present challenges is to help promising young students complete middle school and high school," said Congressman Courtney. "This program is exactly aimed at raising graduation rates, which are the best measurement of educational progress. A high school diploma is absolutely essential for success in our global economy, and Talent Search and UConn are pushing these smart young people even beyond that goal. Connecticut has a long standing tradition of providing a world class education at all levels, and securing this competitive funding in such a tough environment is a testament to that tradition."

Talent Search projects provide tutorial services, career exploration, aptitude assessments, counseling, mentoring programs, workshops, information on postsecondary institutions; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

"We are thrilled by today's announcement because the competition was so tough," said Dr. Maria Martinez, assistant vice provost at UConn's Institute for Student Success. "Windham and New Haven are two of the neediest communities we have in terms of offering academic support, and this grant will make a huge different for those students. We are very excited to be continuing a program we've been doing since 1994."

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