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March 5 event to recognize TRIO programs' impact on students

February 28, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 5 in the Davies Student 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.

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: the Ronald McNair Program, Student Support Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities AIM Project and Upward Bound. These projects receive more than $1 million in federal funding and serve more than 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. Nearly 800,000 students are now served each year by more than 2,900 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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