Students and Staff from TRiO Student Support Services will participate in recognition of National TRiO Day on Thursday, Feb. 27. As a show of appreciation TRiO staff and volunteers will be serving cookies at all three TRiO locations (main campus, Northeast State at Elizabethton, and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education).
A donation jar will be available 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.
“TRiO Works! The services provided offer first-generation, low-income students the tools they need to persist and turn obstacles into opportunities,” said Virginia Reed, director of TRiO Students Support Services at Northeast State. “Our continued collaboration with Northeast State has allowed us to assist students with tutoring, degree completion, transfer to 4-year institutions and more. I love TRiO because I have seen students gain confidence and transform to college graduates. ”
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, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) have been providing valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families for over 40 years. According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, TRiO succeeds because it operates as a community program with an outcome-based objective.
“These programs work because they are run at the local level, student-centered, performance-based, and non-bureaucratic,” said Mitchem.
TRiO provides services such as assistance in choosing a four-year college; tutoring, personal and financial literacy counseling, career counseling; cultural trips and college visits, teaching balancing college and life skills, and assistance in applying for scholarships. All program services are free of charge to participants.
“TRiO changes students’ lives,” said Olivia Orten, a TRiO participant and upcoming Northeast State graduate. “My confidence has grown because of TRiO.”
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 the program’s inception in 1984.
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.