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CBC celebrates TRiO Day on Friday
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The TRiO Program hosted by Coastal Bend College will celebrate TRiO Day on Feb. 5 at the Coastal Bend College in Beeville. TRiO Day is a nationwide annual celebration that recognizes the value of the federally-funded TRiO Programs and the successes of their students.

The event will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Approximately 240 students and staff members from CBC and area high schools will participate in workshops highlighting career opportunities and other relevant student issues.

TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to help students from families whose income is under $33,075 (for a family of four), where neither parent has graduated from college and/or the student will be a first-generation American college student to graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. The program provides information on pre-college opportunities.

“Through TRiO, our nation is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age or disability,” sponsors said. “More than 2,700 TRiO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 Americans across the United States. 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. There are 2,200 students with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans currently enrolled in programs.”

TRiO has been in existence at Coastal Bend College since the mid-1970s. There are two Educational Talent Search (ETS) programs; two Upward Bound (UB) programs and a Student Support Services (SSS) program.

Educational Talent Search in Beeville, with an annual award of $306,752, serves 750 area students in grades 6-12. Participating schools are Beeville, George West, Karnes City, Kenedy, Mathis, Odem, Pettus, Refugio, Runge, Skidmore, Taft and Three Rivers.

Upward Bound, with an annual award of $383,533, helps 75 high school students prepare for higher education. Participating schools are Beeville, George West, Mathis, Odem, Pettus and Skidmore.

Upward Bound G.O.S.T., with an annual award of $250,000, serves 50 students in grades 9 and 10.

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.
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