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Special day showcases University's TRIO programs, benefits

February 18, 2002

Anyone who works in an academic environment has heard of TRIO. But what is it? Here's a hint: It has nothing to do with music.

TRIO is a nationwide effort to help low-income, first-generation students in their efforts to earn a degree. Its activities are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

Austin Peay has five TRIO programs: High School Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, Tri-County Upward Bound, Student Support Services and the Educational Opportunity Center. The TRIO programs serve 2,915 people and bring $1,396,970 to the University.

TRIO administrators will host an open house from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Tommy Head Atrium of the Sundquist Science Complex. The event is free, and faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Representatives of all programs will be on hand to explain the various services TRIO offers, and participants in the programs will share their experiences.

“We want the University community to know more about what we do and how they can use our services,” said Barbara Wilbur, director of High School Upward Bound. “TRIO Day lets us spotlight the five programs on campus and their contributions to the community.”

High School Upward Bound is geared toward Montgomery County high school students planning to become first-generation college students. It provides academic support and exposure to cultural events.

Veterans Upward Bound helps college-bound veterans who need refresher courses before enrolling in a college or technical school or taking the GED.

Tri-County Upward Bound, the newest TRIO program, serves high school students in the rural Middle Tennessee counties of Stewart, Houston and Cheatham.

Student Support Services helps students by providing academic and personal support, as well as exposure to cultural events.

The Educational Opportunity Center assists adults interested in going back to school and offers information on financial aid and careers.

For more information about TRIO or TRIO Day 2002, telephone Dan Botula, director of Tri-County Upward Bound, at 6410.