Our first bootcamp was a huge success! We gathered with the students and their parents for wrap-up night with food and speakers to congratulate our kids. This is the article describing that night:
Wallace State's TRIO Talent Search wrapped up their first-ever ACT bootcamp with a celebration on Thursday night. Around forty local students spent three grueling weeks preparing for the July ACT with Kim Cole and Chris Howse.
Proud parents showed up to hear Mechelle Baker speak about the requirements for Wallace's Nursing program. Most programs welcome everyone and have little or no entry requirements, but Wallace's health care programs require a minimum of 18 on the ACT. Not all applicants are accepted, even with the minimum score and a good GPA, because class sizes are limited. Mrs. Barnes stressed the importance of good ACT scores to ensure acceptance into competitive programs and four-year colleges.
Wallace Success Coach Coordinator Christine Wiggins came to congratulate the students on their hard work and wish them luck on Saturday's test. She also spoke about the importance of the ACT scores, but at the same time, encouraged the students to see it as a necessary trial and not a reflection of them as a person.
Kristi Nyquist gave the most touching talk of the night when she explained how Talent Search empowers students to attend college who might otherwise get lost in the maze of college and scholarship/grant applications. Talent Search is a free program for Cullman County students that takes them on college tours all over North Alabama, helps fill out college applications, and assists students in locating and applying for scholarships and grants to pay for college.