TRiO programs from across the state will celebrate National TRiO Day on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Capitol Building in Helena.
Federal TRiO programs were designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to assist them in achieving their goals of postsecondary education.
According to Joseph Hickman, director of the TRiO programs at The University of Montana, National TRiO Day is meant to focus the nation’s attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives.
“We are happy to celebrate Montana programs on this national day because we want more people in Montana know about the services of the TRiO programs,” said Hickman. “We also want people to know that this program works and should be expanded to serve more students from low-income families across Montana.”
UM has two TRiO programs: TRiO-Student Support Services and TRiO-Upward Bound. The goal of TRiO-Student Support Services is to increase the college retention and graduation rates by providing opportunities for academic development, assisting students with basic college requirements and motivating students toward the successful completion of their baccalaureate education.
TRiO-Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and those from families in which neither parent graduated from college. Its main goal is to increase the rate of participants graduating from high school and enrolling at and succeeding in higher education institutions.
The Missoula College of UM also houses a TRiO-Educational Opportunity Center and is available for those who wish to continue their education at either the high school or college level. The TRiO-Educational Opportunity Center’s main office is located in Havre on the Montana State University-Northern campus but also has six site coordinators serving at 10 sites across the state of Montana.