Students Celebrate National TRIO Day

Feb 25, 2019

TRIO Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that helps to prepare eligible students for success in postsecondary education.

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Cal U student Maritza Bernal (front right) meets with some of the high school juniors in the TRIO Upward Bound program.

 

More than 90 high school students from Cal U’s TRIO Upward Bound program proudly marched through campus carrying posters on Feb. 23 as part of the 33rd annual National TRIO Day.

TRIO Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that helps to prepare eligible students for success in postsecondary education.

The Upward Bound program is active year-round and offers Saturday, after-school and summer activities. Cal U hosts Upward Bound programs for Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. 

Since a congressional resolution in 1986, the fourth Saturday in February has been deemed National TRIO Day to recognize the success of TRIO programs.

The Upward Bound students collaborated with Cal U students from the TRIO Club also wrote essays of how TRIO has impacted their lives.

“I thought this would be a cool thing to do for our students as well as highlight the impact TRIO has had on them and their future,” said Eron McMillen, Upward Bound counselor.

 “It was a very productive and successful day.”

The students enjoyed interactive presentations at the Convocation Center with several TRIO alumni as well as by Dr. Michael Slaven, professor in Cal U’s Department of History, Politics, Society and Law, and the Cal U Medieval Club.

Dillan Gaydos, a foreign affairs campus coordinator for the U.S. State Department, encouraged the student to “tell their story.”

Luis Villagomez, president of Cal U’s TRIO Club and a senior majoring in business administration, shared his experiences with two separate TRIO programs — here and as a student at Lincoln University.

Another Cal U TRIO Club member, Maritza Bernal, met with some of the high school juniors, providing tips to prepare for the transition to college.