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UAA Students to Participate in TRIO’s National Day of Service


Students and graduates of UAA’s Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search will participate in the TRIO National Day of Service on Monday, Feb. 15. As a thank you to the community support for our TRIO programs, students will gather in UAA’s Student Union cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to present TRIO facts and share their stories.

UAA began participating in the TRIO programs in the early 1970s. Today, there are four TRIO programs that provide support for Alaska students ranging in age from middle school to college. ”The strength of the TRIO program lies in its overlapping continuum of support and, most importantly, in the caring professionals working with disadvantaged populations at the grassroots level to impart vision for postsecondary education,” said Dr. Kim Patterson, director of Educational Opportunity Center and Student Support Services. “TRIO works to educate them [students] in the skills needed to complete a postsecondary education program, and to guide them through the process.”

Unlike student financial aid programs that help students to overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO programs have been providing other valuable support services to help students from poor and working families successfully enter and graduate from college. TRIO services include assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic assistance in high school or assistance to re-enter high school.

More than 1,200 colleges, universities and community agencies host over 2,900 TRIO programs, serving 850,000 young people and adults. According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, an education association that represents TRIO students, colleges, graduates, counselors and teachers nationwide, “These programs work because they are student-centered, performance-based and non-bureaucratic.”

Since UAA began participating in the TRIO programs, more than 30,000 students have benefited from the services offered through this invaluable partnership.

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