HATS Program

What is the Heart of Appalachia Talent Search (HATS) Program?

The Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program is a federally funded TRIO Program that provides academic support to 600 middle and high school students in Mason and Wayne Counties who demonstrate the ability to succeed in college or a vocational/technical school. The HATS Program has a well-established record of helping students achieve academic as well as personal success. Working one-on-one with students, the Talent Search staff is committed to helping students reach their fullest potential.

What Services Does the HATS Program Provide?

  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or postsecondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial connections
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders

Where is the HATS Office Located?

The HATS Office is located in Gullickson Hall Room 210 on the campus of Marshall University.

Additional Questions?

Please feel free to contact one of our staff members:

Zachary Jenkins – Director

Phone: 304-696-2201
Email: zachary.jenkins@marshall.edu

Tira Runyon – College Access Advisor

Phone: 304-696-3259
Email: runyon21@marshall.edu

Kathleen Lyons – College Access Advisor

Phone: 304-696-3287
Email: maynard216@marshall.edu

Shannon Zornes-Hedge – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 304-696-2941
Email: zornes@marshall.edu

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