Eastern to Host Statewide Celebration of National TRIO Day

Eastern Kentucky University will host the statewide celebration of National TRIO Day on Feb. 28.

To celebrate the national day, more than 500 Kentucky TRIO students and staff will gather on EKU’s Richmond campus for various academic competitions, and to attend workshops, take campus tours, draw inspiration from speakers, and participate in the Kentucky TRIO Day Academic Competition awards ceremony.

Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president and chief academic officer with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, will serve as keynote speaker, and guest speakers will include EKU President Dr. Michael Benson.

By resolution, Congress set the day aside to celebrate the positive impact of federal programs that help underserved and first-generation students to enter college and earn degrees.  Unlike student financial aid programs that help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the original TRIO Programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services) have been providing supportive services the past 50 years to students from underserved and working families to help them successfully to successfully pursue post-secondary education.

Through the years, the TRIO Programs have expanded to include Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, Veterans Upward Bound, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Upward Bound Math/Science Program

Today more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,700 TRIO programs that serve approximately 840,000 young people and adults. TRIO services include goal setting, tutoring, personal and career counseling, assisting with college and financial aid applications, academic advising, and providing college preparation, personal development skills, exposure to cultural activities, college visits, academic enhancement activities and financial literacy information. TRIO Programs work with students from sixth grade through college.

“We are so excited to be hosting this special day on our home campus,” said Lisa Sons, Kentucky TRIO Day chairperson and director of the EKU Educational Talent Search Program. “It will be a great opportunity for TRIO participants from across the state to experience a conference style event with a focus specifically designed with them in mind. Trio Programs provide such wonderful services. Simply said, ‘TRIO Works.’”

Learn more about TRIO by visiting the U.S. Department of Education website at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html, or the Council for Opportunity in Education at www.coenet.us.

For more information about Kentucky TRIO Day, contact Sons at lisa.sons@eku.edu or 859-622-5425. 

Published on January 20, 2015

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