Students who have succeeded in college through the support and services of the TRIO pre-college and college programs will celebrate National TRIO Day, Saturday, Feb. 23 at The University of Texas-Pan American.
UTPA and South Texas Community College (STCC) Upward Bound Program students and graduates will participate in a special rally to show their appreciation and support for the program at the UTPA Library Media Theatre from 12:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
The seven federally-funded programs that make up TRIO have existed more than 30 years and assisted students from low-income families finish high school, enter college and successfully graduate.
The TRIO programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement.
The UTPA Upward Bound program will host several events Saturday to commemorate the celebration. State Rep. Roberto Gutierrez, District 41, will be the featured speaker at the event and will talk about the future of education from 2:45-3:15 p.m. A proclamation reading and signing by the Office of Congressman Rubén Hinojosa will also take place at that time.
Other events throughout the day include a presentation on how the TRIO programs began by Dr. Lino Garcia, UTPA professor of modern languages, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; a presentation by the UTPA Office of Recruitment and Orientation Services, 1:35-2:15 p.m.; and a presentation on the transition from Upward Bound to Student Support Services by Richard Treviño, director of the UTPA Learning Assistance Center, 1:15-1:25 p.m.
The Upward Bound program at UTPA has been in operation since 1972. It serves more than 150 students from six local high schools and helps young people and adults prepare for higher education.
TRIO is designed to identify promising students, prepare them to do college level work, strengthen math and science, provide tutoring and support services to students once they reach a college or university, and provide information on academic and financial aid opportunities.
Today, more than 1,200 colleges, universities and community agencies host approximately 2,400 TRIO programs that serve 723,000 students.
For more information, call Jaime Miranda, Upward Bound counseling specialist, at 956/381-2524.