TRIO is a collection of federally funded national programs designed to benefit first-generation college students from low-income and working families who want to earn a college degree but lack the means to do so on their own.
In Southwest Ohio, TRIO programs are hosted at Xavier, Cincinnati State, the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and the University of Cincinnati (Clifton campus and Clermont College). They serve a combined 5,000 participants, including middle and high school students, adults and college students.
TRIO Day begins with a morning presentation by Michael Dunphy of Cutting Edge Resources. Dunphy's "Champions in Life" program guides participants through a series of interactive martial arts-based activities, threaded with messages about developing a positive and proactive attitude in life and finding paths to success regardless of the obstacles encountered.
Then participants are invited to attend a luncheon featuring Tyrone Yates, Ohio House of Representatives, as the keynote speaker. Yates is a former TRIO program staff member. Cost of the luncheon is $14. The remainder of the day's program is comprised of student panel discussions and talent presentations by TRIO students. They are free and open to the public.
"This TRIO Day celebration is being held because our students want more people to know about the services of the TRIO programs," says Bari Ewing, director of Cincinnati State's Student Support Services and the Educational Opportunity Center. "We want people to know that these federal programs work."
In the United States, more than 1,200 colleges, universities and community agencies host more than 2,600 TRIO programs, serving 823,000 young people and adults. TRIO services include assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial advising; career advising; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; academic assistance in high school; and assistance in re-entering high school.
"These programs work because they are student-centered, performance-based and non-bureaucratic," says Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, an education association that represents TRIO nationwide.
The federal programs that comprise TRIO include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program.
For more information about TRIO Day, contact Cincinnati State's Bruce Stoecklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513 569-1420.