Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bemidji State University

Twenty students in 7th & 8th grade who participate in TRiO boarded a bus and headed west to Bemidji, MN for a day at Bemidji State University (BSU)!  Students from Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin and Grand Rapids boarded at ICC in Grand Rapids, students from Bigfork, Deer River & Northland Remer jumped on the bus at Deer River High School and students from Bug O Nay Ge Shig and Northland Remer hopped on in Cass Lake! 

Arriving on campus at Bemidji State University, students had the opportunity visit with an Admissions Rep. and the TRiO Director.  After a lively and humorous session, students headed out on a tour of the campus.  Students saw academic buildings, the bookstore, athletic fields, the American Indian Resource Center, Hobson Memorial Union (where you can get lots of different food...), and ended up at the Gillett Recreation Center for a fun afternoon!  After eating lunch students had the opportunity to try out the pool, complete with diving boards and spend an hour rock climbing on the "rec centers" indoor rock wall.  BSU had some great staff there to help us out! 

Some students had done this before and scrambled up the rock wall to "ring the bell" and others were a little more timid to start- one student even initially said there was no way he was climbing the rock, he finally rang the bell with only minutes left of our visit (AWESOME JOB).  It was a great trip!

Rock On!
Heading up!

Up the Wall!
Almost there!

Heading up the wall!


Monday, December 2, 2013

ACT - Prep and Sign -Up

The ACT test is a test that is often times required for admissions into 4 year institutions.  It is a 4 subject test: English, Reading, Math and Science and many schools require you to take the Writing section as well.  Many students take it once in the spring of their junior year and then retake it in the fall of their senior year! 

It is offered on Saturday mornings at area colleges: TRiO students would probably take it at Itasca Community College (Grand Rapids, MN), Hibbing Community College (Hibbing, MN), Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN) or Brainerd High School (Brainerd, MN) depending on which location is most local to you.  There is a registration deadline that is important. 

Test Dates (click here)

There are fees required to pay for the ACT, however TRiO students are eligible for a fee waiver (which can be used twice).  Talk with your Advisor about this.  Fee waivers cannot cover late fees, so make sure you sign up on time!  Make sure you keep your user ID and password safe, so you can login again!

Sign up here

There is a lot of information to learn about the test: photo requirements, test day checklist, sending your scores.  If you have questions about these things, look at the information tab on the following link:

Frequently Asked Questions (click here)

Getting ready for the ACT is something that can be stressful.  There are resources available to you from your TRiO ETS Advisor as well as online.

Test Prep (click here)

Happy Testing!

-Lael Storlie :-)

Senior to-do

I have a lot of students asking me for "help with scholarships."  The truth is YOU are in charge of scholarships!  I can provide information and resources but you have to decide to GET IT DONE!!  Recently, some seniors at Deer River and I sat down and compiled a list of things to work on...these things will help you along the way!

1.) If you haven't finished your college applications- GET IT DONE!  I recommend applying to 2-5 different schools.  Check with the college you are interested in attending if they have a seperate scholarship and/or housing application and what the deadline for that is!

2.) Create a SENIOR folder- this is the place anything related to scholarships, colleges and financial aid goes- when you get something in the mail, put it in the folder.  TRiO has some available if you need one - ask your advisor.

3.) Start working on some "generic" Scholarship Essays.  Some of the scholarships you should/could/would apply to will require an essay.  Getting some things down on paper that you can edit later will save you time during the busy "scholarship season"

Ideas: What are your career plans?  What are your goals?  Tell your story- what has been an obstacle you've had to overcome?  Why do you want to go to college?

Have an English teacher or another grown-up proofread it!

4.) Recommendations: Some scholarships will require a recommendation or two from someone who knows you well and can talk about the type of person you are!  Ask someone who has a good relationship with you and knows you well (not a family member or friend).  Good people to ask are teachers, coaches, advisors, supervisors at work, etc. 

Make sure you explain what your are looking for, the format they need to use and what the due date is (give them plenty of time- at least 2-3 weeks).  A friendly reminder is good too!  Always send a handwritten thank-you to anyone who writes a recommendation on your behalf!

5.) FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

You can start this application anytime after January 1, 2014.

This is an application every student who is planning to attend college completes.  You will need your tax information as well as your parents (if you or your parent does not file taxes-that is ok, you can still apply).  If you are not sure if you are considered an independent student or dependent student talk with your Advisor or high school Guidance Counselor.

This will determine if you are eligible for grants (free money that does not have to be repaid), loans (money that does have to be repaid but is sometimes necessary to complete school), and work study (an on campus job that gets you a paycheck while in school - a lot of students use this for living expenses that come up).

Check with your school counselor or TRIO ETS advisor if you need help.  Also, many schools will be offering FAFSA nights at your school, keep listening for those!  These are events where you and your parents can learn more details and even get help with your FAFSA.

6.) Blandin Foundation Scholarship

This is a need based scholarship that is due MAY 1, 2014.  Please fill this out, you will need a copy of your taxes, your parents taxes and your SAR (student aid report-document that you receive from FAFSA). 
7.) Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

This scholarship requires essays, takes some time and is open from January 15-March 15, please open an account right away and beginning working on this!  This will require recommendations and the recommendor needs to create an account!

8.) Local Scholarships- Check with your high school counselor, as well as any service providers in your area (i.e. Paul Bunyan Communication, your bank, your parents bank or employer).

9.) There are scholarships for people involved in different ogranizations, churchs, with different ethnic backgrounds- think about those areas and research what might be available!

10.) It is hard work and can be stressful but will be worth it!  You CAN DO IT!

-Lael Storlie :-)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Update your contact information....

Technology and going green is where it is at!  As everyone is aware utilizing technology to share information is not only environmentally friendly but quicker and less expensive.  In an effort to eliminate the paper and expense of mailings, TRiO ETS is working toward utilizing technology to get permission slips and information out to you and your families.

Please click on the following link and complete the Contact Information Update form to help us communicate more quickly with you:

TRiO ETS Contact Information  

Hope everyone is having a great beginning of the school year!!

Lael, Kari, & Darlene

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What's been going on with TRiO ETS!!!

It's been a busy 2012-2013 School Year!  TRiO had many fun happenings for students to participate in throughout the year.  This post will share some of the pictures from our events. 

Fall College Tour Road Trip
October 2012- Students Visited the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University, attended a theatre production of Beauty and the Beast, toured Hamline University and St. Cloud State University in a two-day action packed trip! 19 ETS students attended this field trip that was combined with Upward Bound.

TRiO Day 2013- February
Students Visit BSU and were able to hear a keynote speaker, attend breakout sessions, tour the campus and celebrate being a part of TRiO!  Students in grades 6-12 attended.

Central Lakes College:Staples/Waterpark on May 31, 2013
Students in grades 6-8 were able to attend a college tour of Central Lakes College:Staples (including trying out the Heavy Equipment simulator) and have a fun afternoon at a Brainerd Waterpark to celebrate the end of the school year!

NYC or BUST!!  
Thirty-Nine 2013-14 Juniors & Seniors had an opportunity to travel with TRiO to New York City for 4 action packed days of college visits, sightseeing end cultural experiences.  Students toured New York University, Columbia University, and West Point Military Academy.  Students spent time in Times Square and Central Park, they visited Wall Street, Harlem, Soho and other famous NYC neighborhoods.  Students had the opportunity to cross the Manhatten Bridge and view the Statue of Liberty (which was still closed from Hurricane Sandy), as well at viewing NYC from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center viewing deck).  Students spent time learning about Wall Street, the NYSE and 9/11 while on a walking tour that included visiting Ground Zero.  There were opportunities to try Chinese, Mexican, NYC Deli, and authentic Italian Pizza!  Students enjoyed the experience of being part of the live audience on Good Morning American (many getting on TV), even if we got up "WAY TOO EARLY".  Students attended the Broadway Play of "Newsies".  Educational experiences included the Museum of Mathematics and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (which was dedicated to the immigrant experience in NYC).

Group at Columbia University
Central Park

Free Hugs after GMA near Times Square

Good Morning American (Bright & Early)

Playing the Wall Street Trading Game-directly in front of the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
Blandin/ETS Summer Enrichment Program (July 2013)
27 8th-10th graders particpated in a 4-day program that included 2 nights in the dorms at ICC and one overnight field trip to the Twin Cities.  While on campus students had time to learn about their strengths, tour Minnesota Power and learn about careers, learn about Forestry, Human Anat. and Phys., and Mathematics.  Students enjoyed bowling and movie nights while making new friends.  The trip to the Twin Cities included a tour of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Como Zoo, a showboat theatre production on Harriet Island, the Science Museum and a tour of Macalester College. 
Touring at MN Power

Touring at the University of MN
We are looking forward to the 2013-2014 School Year!  Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Career Highlights- Construction Industry.

Doing career research now can help you out in the long run.  If you have a general idea of what you like to do, it can help guide you with your career and college plan.  There are many options for individuals.

Maybe you enjoy working in a variety of settings, building and constructing things, using your hands and moving around.  There are TONS of career opportunities that are available at Technical College that are related to the Construction field.  Click on the below links to learn more about the following fields: View the short video clip, read about wages & job outlook, click on education and training & then click on related programs to see what schools offer electrical programs in the state of Minnesota.


                                                          Elevator Installers and Repairers

Do your research!  It will pay off!

Written by: Lael S

Monday, January 7, 2013


Below you will find some very important links for scholarships!  Please be mindful of due dates and required information (i.e. references, recommendations) that may take time.

It is important you take the time to read the information with each scholarship.  It can be helpful to create a checklist of what you need, if the scholarship doesn't provide one!

Blandin Foundation Scholarship

Currently Open. Deadline May 1.
  • Blandin Foundation gives scholarships, called Education Awards. The scholarships – $1,000 to $4,000 each year – are for every student (homeschooled, too) of high schools in the Itasca County area, even if you're not in the top of your class. You can apply if you are under age 25 and plan to go to community college, certificate programs, colleges or universities anywhere in the United States.

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

Opens on January 15. Deadline March 15.
  • The Community Foundation administers more than 70 different scholarship funds, each with unique criteria. We submit your single application to each scholarship for which you qualify.

Ongoing, listed by due date.
  • This was created by Mrs. Moll (Deer River High School Counselor) and provides the links and due dates for many local, regional and national scholarships.  There are also some specific Deer River High School scholarships (just bypass those if you are from a different school). 

American Indian College Fund
Deadline: May 31
  • The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian students attending tribal colleges and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.  The American Indian College Fund also provides scholarships to students attending non-tribal colleges and graduate students attending all colleges.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship
Priority Deadline: July 1, 2013
  • The above link will direct American Indian Students to the Minnesota Indian Scholarship as well as provide a list of the contact information for Tribal Education and Scholarship Programs throughout the state. 

Please take the time to contact your specific college(s) and check for Scholarships at the school(s) you are planning to attend.

Written by: LaelS