TRIO Alumna Viola Davis

METS, as a TRIO program, is part of a larger family of similar programs. The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is the national association of TRIO programs. Recently, they introduced a new feature on their website that will highlight notable alums from programs similar to METS. This first post highlights actress Viola Davis, who is an alumna from the Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College.

blog-010317When internationally-acclaimed actress Viola Davis gains her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 5, two special people will be among the many around the world cheering her on: Her older sister, Deloris Grant, and the sisters’ earliest acting coach, Ron Stetson.The federal Upward Bound program links all three.

As teenagers, Deloris and Viola in 1979 enrolled together in the six-week intensive Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College. They did so during the one and only summer that Stetson worked in the college prep, student success program for those who are low-income or “first generation,” meaning their parents did not obtain a college degree.

To read more about Viola and her TRIO experience, go to the COE blog.

Welcome Andrew Henry!

METS is thrilled to announce the hiring of Andrew Henry, who will be our Advisor in the Central, Nokomis, and Searsport schools. Andrew will be in schools soon, but until then, here is a small blurb he wrote to introduce himself:

I graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and from Husson University in 2014 after completing the Secondary Pathways Teaching Certification Program. In addition, I taught high school English in the Academics program at Hancock County Technical Center from 2014 to 2016. My experiences working with many potential first-generation college students led me to seek out opportunities in the world of college-access programs like TRIO. One of my professional goals has been to help students find success in a post-secondary educational environment, and I’m thrilled to start doing that as a METS Advisor.