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National TRIO Day events set for Feb. 23

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Davies Center. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service for 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, students from families of limited income and students with disabilities. Program participants range in age from sixth-graders to adults.

UW-Eau Claire currently operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program. These programs receive more than $1.2 million in federal funding and serve nearly 1,500 people 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 Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Educational break-out 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 850,000 students are now served each year by more than 2,800 TRIO projects across the nation.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the National 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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