Annual TRiO Day to feature guest speakers

Staff Writer

KC TRiO is sponsoring its sixth annual TRiO Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Longview. Lunch will be provided by Rusty’s Tacos. Participants will hear speeches from TRiO Achievers (alumni,) a representative from U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert’s office and a presentation from the Texas Department of Transportation on bad driving behaviors, such as texting and drunk driving.

TRiO is a program that has provided for 1,097 students since it began Sept. 1, 2001. TRiO is available to students with disabilities, students who receive financial aid and first-generation college students.

TRiO services include individualized academic, transfer and career counseling, assistance with seeking financial aid (FAFSA) and scholarships, tutoring and workshops.

TRiO is named after the first three programs funded under the Title IV funding by Congress in 1964. The High Education Opportunity was signed into law as part of the War on Poverty by President Lyndon Johnson. TRiO has added five more programs  but has kept their name so that Congress would recognize them for future funding.

TRiO is the first College Reading and Learning Association master’s level program certified for tutoring at KC with 80 percent of TRiO students maintaining good academic standing.

TRiO always accepts applications, but will not add new members until Fall 2013. Students who would like to attend TRiO Day or apply for TRiO can sign up in the Student Support Building, Room 125.

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