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National TRIO Day events set for March 25 at UW-Eau Claire

March 12, 2014

TRiO_webEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 25 in the Davies Student Center at UW-Eau Claire. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service to the TRIO programs.

TRIO programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Education to promote the academic achievement of eligible students. The programs serve students whose parents do not have a college degree, those from families of limited income and students with disabilities. Program participants range from sixth-graders to adults.

UW-Eau Claire currently operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services and Student Support Services-Disabilities (Project AIM). These projects receive more than $1 million in federal funding and serve nearly 500 students annually.

TRIO Day activities at UW-Eau Claire will include a reception, presentation and awards ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. Educational breakout sessions for participating students will follow.

The first TRIO programs were established in the 1960s to expand opportunities for students who might otherwise be denied access to a college education. More than 2,800 TRIO projects across the nation serve nearly 790,000 students each year.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the TRIO Day activities. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services, at 715-836-4542 or ouderkbj@uwec.edu.

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