National TRiO Day

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Sharwan Smith Center, Lower Concourse
Category: General

The Southern Utah University TRiO programs will celebrate National TRiO Day on Thursday, February 28 by sharing an inspiring video slideshow highlighting famous TRiO participants and delicious “TRiO” decorated sugar cookies.  The TRiO event will be hosted in the Sharwan Smith Student Center between 11 AM -1 PM on the lower concourse where students, faculty and staff on SUU’s campus pass by daily. We look forward to sharing the success of TRiO and a fun treat with many people!

 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.

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRiO programs have been providing valuable supportive services such as preparation for college, advisement and financial literacy to students from poor and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate.  These programs have a 40 year record of success!

Local TRiO programs include Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound.  Student Support Services assists 160 SUU students with developmental math and English classes, financial and tutorial support, and academic advisement. Educational Talent Search assists 636 students in grades 7-12 in Beaver, Iron, Kane and Coconino counties.  ETS began at Southern Utah University in 1994. Upward Bound is a successful, college based program for 100 qualifying high school students. Upward Bound began as a pilot program in 1965, and came to Southern Utah University in 1968.

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.”

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.  TRiO services include: assistance in choosing a college, tutoring, personal and financial advising, career advising, assistance in applying for college, workplace and college visits, special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic support in middle school, high school or to re-enter high school.

According to Lynne Brown, Executive Director of SUU Student Support Center, “We want more people in Cedar City and surrounding areas to know about the services of the TRiO programs. We also want people to know that these programs work and should be expanded to serve more students from low-income families across Utah.”