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April 16, 2013

CFES heads to Ireland

ESSEX — College For Every Student is headed for Ireland.

The Trinity Access Programmes of Trinity College Dublin will pilot the model in one of its link schools, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, in Rush.

The nonprofit College For Every Student, based in Essex, works with rural and urban schools to guide low-income students on the path to college. It is partnering with Trinity Access to help strengthen its access program for underserved youths in Ireland, according to a press release.

“This marks the international expansion of CFES,” said College For Every Student President and CEO Rick Dalton in the release. “We are committed to creating opportunities for underserved youth beyond the United States and recognize the global significance of the issue of getting students to and through college.”

Recently, Dalton and CFES Development Director Karen Dalton visited St. Joseph’s School in Rush to learn about plans for implementation of the program model.

“The scale and impact of the CFES program is hugely impressive,” Trinity Access Director Cliona Hannon said in the release, “and our staff, schools and students are looking forward to learning how to continue to improve on TAP’s work, through connecting with the most effective access program in the U.S.”

20,000 STUDENTS

The College For Every Student visit was part of a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of Trinity Access. As well, Irish Minister for Education & Skills Ruairi Quinn released a Trinity Access research report on the family and community impact of Trinity College access graduates.

“The report demonstrates the ‘ripple effect’ that occurs within families when the first generation of a family participates in third-level education,” the release said.

“The graduates are also noted as an asset within their own communities, as after graduation, students who had completed the TAP Foundation Courses in particular tended to remain within their communities of origin.”

In existence for 22 years, College For Every Student has helped make college a reality for 75,000 low-income, first-generation youths by raising academic aspirations and performance, the release said.

At present, the program serves 20,000 students (known as CFES Scholars) in 200 urban and rural schools across 24 states.

Over the last seven years, the release said, 95 percent of CFES Scholars graduated from high school and went on to college.

For more information, visit www.collegefes.org.

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