Richland College to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Federal TRIO Programs

Richland College is hosting an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) from 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 21, in room W201 of Wichita Hall on the Richland College campus.

A symposium from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Services Area in Washington, D.C. will be streamed via live video feed during the event. The symposium, “Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Excellence by Providing Hope and Opportunity for Success,” will celebrate, review and discuss the impact of TRIO. Refreshments will be available, and Richland College’s event is free and open to the public.

“TRIO has provided Richland College students with a variety of tools and services to help them succeed in their educational pursuits,” said Noeli Biggs, Richland College TRIO director of community programs. “We are proud to be able to make such a positive impact in students’ lives, and we hope everyone who attends our 50th anniversary event will come away with a better awareness of how much TRIO benefits the community.”

Established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, TRIO includes eight federal outreach and student services programs that serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities, helping these students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through college.

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