Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 21 2000

Bluefield State And Concord College Help First-Generation College-Bound Students

Athens, W.Va. - Representatives of the TRIO programs at Bluefield State College and Concord College will participate in "National TRIO Day" activities, February 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mercer Mall.

At the TRIO information booth at Mercer Mall, representatives from both colleges will provide information about the TRIO programs, which are an integral part of the federal strategy aimed at advancing equal opportunity in postsecondary education.

BSC-based TRIO programs include Student Support Services, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, and Talent Search. Concord-based TRIO programs include Student Support Services, the Ronald McNair Scholarship Program, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math & Science.

The focus of National TRIO Day will center upon the accomplishments of TRIO programs along with the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improved their lives. TRIO programs encourage participants to make the commitment to become contributing members of society, and recognize program participant’s potential for personal and professional growth.

?TRIO programs, which are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, serve individuals from low-income backgrounds, and families where neither parent has earned a college degree. Just as student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome academic, social, and cultural barriers.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Kathy Epperly, Bluefield State College Director/Student Support Services, 1-304-327-4098, or Tim Oxley, Director of Sponsored Programs, Concord College, 1-304-384-6088 or 1-304-255-0793.

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Concord College Notes: TRIO programs are Federally funded by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO Programs help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.

Does TRIO work? An estimated 2 million TRIO students have graduated from college. And, students in programs like Upward Bound are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO.
 

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