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National TRIO Day to be observed March 1 with program, awards ceremony

RELEASED: Feb. 14, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program from 3:30-6 p.m. March 1 in the Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the activities, which include a reception, presentation and awards ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service for the TRIO programs. Educational break-out sessions for participating students will follow.

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 five TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center, the McNair Program and Student Support Services-Disabilities (AIM project). These projects receive approximately $1.5 million in federal funding and serve nearly 1,600 people annually.

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services, at 715-836-4542 or ouderkbj@uwec.edu.

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