What is TRiO?
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Who is Serviced?
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $28,000, where neither parent graduated from college. More than 2,700 TRIO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 low-income Americans. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12. Thirty-seven percent of TRIO students are Whites, 35% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 1% are listed as "Other," including multiracial students. Twenty-two thousand students with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO Programs as well.
Which TRiO Programs are offered at RMCC?
Educational Opportunity Center Serves 1000 adults in Polk, Scott, Montgomery, Howard, and Sevier counties 2009-10 budget: $408,555; 100% funded through federal TRIO fundsEducational Talent Search Serves 700 students in grades 6-12 in the public schools in Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties 2009-10 budget: $306,730; 100% funded through federal TRIO fundsStudent Support Services Serves 220 students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Rich Mountain Community College 2009-10 budget: $318,829.00; 100% funded through federal TRIO fundsUpward Bound Serves 65 students in grades 9-12 in the public schools in Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties 2009-10 budget: $339,381; 100% funded through federal TRIO funds
For more information contact:
Tammye SherrillEOC DirectorRich Mountain Community College1100 College DriveMena, AR 71953(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1620(479) 637-5502
Lisa RackleySSS DirectorRich Mountain Community College1100 College DriveMena, AR 71953(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1624
Denise CollierRich Mountain Community College1100 College DriveMena, AR 71953(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1610
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