Student Support Services celebrate National TRiO Day

Students and Staff from TRiO Student Support Services will participate in recognition of National TRiO Day on Wednesday, Feb. 20.   As a way to show appreciation to the College for its support TRiO will be serving cookies, brownies and hot chocolate to the college community on the first floor of the General Studies Building and cookies on the first floor of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

A donation jar will be set up and all proceeds will go towards the Student Needs Project, Change for Change.  For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference.

SSS director Teressa Dobbs at today's TRiO event.
Enjoy some cocoa and cookies with SSS director Teressa Dobbs at the TRiO Day event.

“We want more people in our school and our community to know about the services of the TRIO programs,” said Teressa Dobbs, director of TRiO Students Support Services at Northeast State. “We also want people to know that this program works and should be expanded to serve more students from low-income families across Tennessee.”

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) have been providing valuable supportive services to students from poor and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate for over 40 years.

TRiO Day is also about helping students in need at Northeast State.
TRiO Day is also about helping students in need at Northeast State.

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years.  Dr. Chris Lefler was the first project director, and TRiO has continued going strong since 1984.  By providing services such as assistance in choosing a four-year college, tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling; assistance in applying to college, workplace and college visits, teaching study and time management skills, and assistance in applying for financial aid.

According to students who have participated in the TRiO program, TRiO Works!  “It has helped me not only build my self-confidence but also taught me that I can. Yes I can!” said one student.  “I have learned more scholarships and classes I need to take and also what I need to do to succeed,” stated another.

Renee Powell helps coordinate TRiO Day.
Renee Powell helps coordinate TRiO Day.

Today more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 790,000 young people and adults. Thirty-five percent (35%) of TRIO students are White, 35 percent are African-American, 19 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are American Indian, 3 percent are Asian-American, and 4 percent are listed as “other,” including multiracial students. Approximately 7,000 TRIO students have disabilities.

According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, an education association which represents TRIO students, college graduates, and professionals nationwide, “These programs work because they are run at the local level, student-centered, performance-based, and non-bureaucratic.”

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