ERIC Number: EJ962021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 1
Working with Social Service Agencies: Providing Access for the Underserved
Dotolo, Lawrence G.
New Directions for Higher Education, n138 p35-42 Sum 2007
The Virginia Tidewater Consortium's effort to reach out to the community began twenty-seven years ago when it received an Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The EOC was specifically designed to work with adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds, most of them minorities. In southeastern Virginia, African Americans make up the majority of individuals served by the various social services agencies. The consortium, under the EOC grant, established outreach centers in every city in this region, which encompasses over 1.5 million people. The consortium focused primarily, but not exclusively, on agencies that deal with individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Its plan was simple: hire counselors with expertise in academic, career, and financial aid counseling to work with the target population. What transpired over the years has been truly remarkable and inspirational for those involved. By offering educational services to those individuals in need, the consortium provides access to higher education to thousands of adults. The idea of colleges and universities in close proximity working together to reach out to those individuals using the resources of social services makes perfect sense and should be one of the essential items on the postsecondary agenda.
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Opportunities, Grants, Social Services, Integrated Services, Education Service Centers, Shared Resources and Services, Outreach Programs, Educational Counseling, Counseling Services, Guidance Programs, Disadvantaged, African American Education, Program Descriptions, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia