In the top photo, Jullianie Mackey, right, stands next to Janell Ramos-Ramos outside the Depot, where the TRIO ETS office is located.
If she needs a reminder that her work matters, Jullianie Mackey can find that on Tuesdays in her office.
Mackey is an advisor for TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) and has many personal examples of how the program has helped students achieve success. On Tuesdays, Mackey only needs to look to a student worker to be reminded.
Janell Ramos-Ramos, a first-year student majoring in biochemistry, works in the ETS office Tuesday afternoons. As a student at Wyoming High School, Ramos-Ramos participated in ETS and said the advisors helped her successfully get to Grand Valley.
"As a first-generation student, I had no idea of how to do anything regarding the application process," she said. "The program helped me prepare for college by giving me resources to be successful."
ETS is one of eight TRIO offices at Grand Valley. ETS staff and advisors primarily work with middle and high school students, providing admissions and financial aid application assistance, scholarship services, academic and career counseling and tutoring and financial literacy referrals, plus secondary and post secondary re-entry services.
Ramos-Ramos now participates in Grand Valley's TRIO STEM-Health Sciences program, geared toward helping students in those disciplines be successful by providing holistic support.