TRiO Day is a nationwide annual celebration that recognizes the value of the federally funded TRiO Programs and the successes of their students. TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to help students from low-income families with incomes under $30,975 (for a family of four) where neither parent has graduated from college and/or the student is the first in the family to enter college.
The goal of TRiO is to assist first-generation college students graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. The program also provides information on pre-college opportunities.
Approximately 240 students and staff members from CBC and area high schools will participate in workshops highlighting career opportunities and other relevant student issues.
Through TRiO, our nation is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Over 2,700 TRiO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 Americans. Thirty-seven percent of TRiO students are white, 35 percent are African-American, 19 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are Native American and 4 percent are Asian. About 22,000 are students with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRiO Programs as well.
More than 386,000 Americans are enrolled in 510 TRiO Educational Talent Search Programs. Currently 774 TRiO Upward Bound programs are in operation throughout the United States. Students are now being served through TRiO Student Support Services at more than 930 colleges and universities nationwide.
TRiO has been in existence at Coastal Bend College since the mid-1970s. The programs housed at Coastal Bend College are two Educational Talent Search Programs; two Upward Bound Programs and one Student Support Service Program.
Educational Talent Search in Beeville, with an annual award of $306,752, serves 750 students in grades 6 through 12. Participating schools are Beeville, George West, Karnes City, Kenedy, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Refugio, Runge, Skidmore, Taft and Three Rivers. Educational Talent Search in Alice, with an annual award of $220,000, serves 625 students from Alice, Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco, Benavides, Falfurrias, Freer, Orange Grove, Premont and San Diego schools. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps students to better understand their educational opportunities and options.
Upward Bound, with an annual award of $383,533, helps 75 high school students prepare for higher education. Participating schools are located in Beeville, George West, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Sinton and Skidmore. The Upward Bound G.O.S.T. Program, with an annual award of $250,000, serves 50 students in grades nine through 10. Participants are students in George West, Odem, Sinton and Taft schools. They receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.
Student Support Services receives an annual award of $267,986. The program provides services to 215 college students at Coastal Bend College. They are encouraged and assisted with staying in school and eventually earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled college students, receive tutoring, counseling, remedial instruction and numerous other services.
An estimated 2 million TRiO students have graduated from college nationwide.
TRiO Student Support Services participants have a 22 percent greater chance of entering their third year of college than similar students without the benefit of TRiO.
Students who receive a full range of TRiO services (counseling, special courses and tutoring) are twice as likely to be retained and continue their post-secondary education.
Upward Bound students are four times more likely to graduate from college than those students who do not participate in this program.
Coastal Bend College TRiO staff personnel include Velma Elizalde, director; Amy Gonzales, senior office specialist; Michelle Duran, Student Support Services project director; Jeri Morton, SSS counselor; Sylvia Lopez, SSS secretary; Melissa Soto, Upward Bound project director; Cheryl Gallagher, UB counselor; Janice Fernandez, UB secretary; Lupe Ganceres, Educational Talent Search project director; Renee Brown ETS counselor; Mary Garza, ETS counselor; Mary Alice Rivera, ETS tutor coordinator/secretary; Heather Anderson, UB G.O.S.T project director; Vanessa Deleon UB G.O.S.T academic advisor; Dina Villegas, UB G.O.S.T secretary; Josie Schuenemann, Educational Talent Search project director (Alice Campus); Julie Enriques, ETS counselor; Dee Dee Arismendez, ETS tutor coordinator/secretary.
For more information on the TRiO Programs, call:
Educational Talent Search Program: 354-2706
Educational Talent Search Program (Alice): (361) 664-3081
Upward Bound Program: (361) 354-2715
Upward Bound G.O.S.T Program: (361) 354-2746
Student Support Services: (361) 354-2718