POTEAU–Carl Albert State College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) at Poteau hosted a Chad Cargill ACT Workshop on Wednesday.
Melana Matlock, Coordinator of the Poteau ETS, explained that students in grades 9–12 were invited to participate from 13 area schools. The program was free for participants of ETS and all others paid $30 for the opportunity to attend.
Cargill is from Harrah and built his organization from the ground up to assist students as they prepare for college. According to Cargill, he personally realized that doing well on the ACT could lead to scholarships for college, and has now spent the past 20 years sharing his success with others.
In one school year, Cargill at times presents his three-hour workshop over 150 times to over 10,000 high school students across the country. In addition to workshops for both students and faculty, he also markets study guides and pre-programmed calculators.
The ETS program at Carl Albert State College is housed at both the Poteau and Sallisaw campuses. The Poteau campus grant is for $306,752 and the Sallisaw grant is $230,000 annually for five years. ETS is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and currently serves 650 students through the Poteau program and 600 through the Sallisaw program.
High schools represented at the Cargill Workshop included Bokoshe, Cameron, Heavener, Howe, Keota, LeFlore, McCurtain, Panama, Poteau, Stigler, Whitesboro, Wister and Red Oak. According to Matlock, these schools, along with Fanshawe, Hodgen, Monroe, and Shady Point are all served through the Poteau ETS program.