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UW-Eau Claire to celebrate National TRIO Day April 7

| Judy Berthiaume

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire will celebrate National TRIO Day April 7 with an online program. The university operates four TRIO programs, federally funded programs that serve first-generation students, students from families with limited income and students with disabilities.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a virtual program from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 7 via Zoom.

This event will feature remarks from U.S. Rep. Ron Kind along with a presentation and awards ceremony. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to UW-Eau Claire staff members who have provided exceptional service for 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, 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, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services and Student Support Services-Disabilities (Project AIM). These projects receive more than $1.3 million in federal funding and serve 500 students 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 3,100 TRIO projects across the nation currently serve more than 812,000 students each year.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the TRIO Day event via this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 835 3587 6220; Passcode: 987385). 

For more information, contact Dr. Kelly Wonder, director of the Ronald McNair Program, at 715-836-3707 or wonderka@uwec.edu.