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Rich Mountain Community College
Rich Mountain Community College

TRIO Programs

TRIO
Rich Mountain Communty College


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 funds

Educational 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 funds

Student 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 funds

Upward 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:

Educational Opportunity Center Student Support Services

Tammye Sherrill
EOC Director
Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR  71953
(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1620
(479) 637-5502

Lisa Rackley
SSS Director
Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR  71953
(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1624

Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound TRiO
Brenda Miner
Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR  71953
(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1642

Denise Collier
Rich Mountain Community College
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR  71953
(479) 394-7622, Ext. 1610

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