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April Student of the Month

The EOC Participant of the Month for April 2018 is Rodney. This was a very easy choice for me as the Natrona County EOC Coordinator, as he is the epitome of a TRiO/EOC success story! I am honored and privileged to work with Rodney, and I am in awe of his dedication to his newly found passion for education, his community, his service to others, and his sobriety.

I met Rodney in the spring of 2017 at the Casper Re-entry Center; he was in the Therapeutic Community (TC) unit for substance use related issues. In 2012, Rodney was in a vehicle rollover crash and lost his ability to walk. He lost his job, income, and was no longer able to provide for his family – financially or emotionally. “Long story short, my alcohol abuse landed myself in several trips to jail, depression set in and I didn’t care anymore, my last drink cost me a five year prison sentence leaving my family on their own. I knew I had to change me, and requested to be placed at TC in Casper Therapeutic Community Rehab. I learned about my disease & behaviors knowing I couldn’t return to that lifestyle.”

During a group presentation at CRC/TC, I met Rodney. He was very interested in the content of the presentation, and immediately signed up for EOC services in Casper. “Trio visited the facility and offered a new start; I signed up that day. I was released in August 2017 and registered for classes within days. My major is Electronics Technology at Casper College and now I am fulltime student.”

Rodney is finding a lot of success in his Electronics classes, and checks in frequently with the EOC office to discuss GPA, class schedules, and scholarships. He has received several scholarships and grants, and is on track to graduate at the top of his class in his major. His academic goals are right in-line with the Objectives outlined in our grant: “My academic goals are to receive an associate’s degree in Electronics in 2019. When I achieve graduation, I plan to attend the University of Wyoming to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electronics.”

In addition to being a fulltime non-traditional student, Rodney is also the Resident Manager at The Hope House, a Sober-Living house in the Casper community. He frequently volunteers for other entities in our community. “My volunteer and community service is mainly CR (Celebrate Recovery) in Casper. I am a fulltime volunteer every Friday night or whenever needed if possible. I help cook, serve the evening dinner, and attend the evening services. I also help with the food bank prior to leaving for the night. I try to put in a minimum of twenty-four hours a month. I also volunteer at the 12/24 Club when they are in need of workers for their activities.”

I am honored to work with Rodney, and I look forward to his graduation(s) from Casper College and  the University of Wyoming in the future!

Natalie Pique – EOC Coordinator

McKenzie Reisenauer succeeds against the odds

McKenzie Reisenauer succeeds against the odds

We root for people beating the odds because we admire their grit and determination, and we hope to find a bit of that in ourselves. McKenzie Reisenauer is one individual who doesn’t have to hope for that, because she’s the one doing it.

U-Mary TRIO Program offers leg up to First Generation Students

U-Mary Trio Program Offers Leg Up to First Generation Students

Bismarck – Enrolling in college is often the first step in earning a degree. But for first generation or low income students there might be a few more challenges along the way. The Pell Institute found low income and first generation students were nearly four times more likely to leave school after their first year.

Profile of Upward Bound student from Missoula

Season of thanks: Missoulians share what they’re thankful for this year

Braylee Crawford

Braylee Crawford looked forward to Upward Bound every summer before she enrolled at the University of Montana.

“When I heard that the program was basically on the chopping block, it really devastated me,” Crawford said.

This year, the U.S. Department of Education initially denied $1.7 million in grant funds for the Upward Bound program at UM based on a clerical error, according to the program director. UM had failed to double-space one of the application’s 65 pages, as had some other campuses.

U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, were among the elected leaders who successfully advocated for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reconsider applications based on the merits.

When Crawford — a freshman from Browning majoring in human biology for premed — learned the program would be funded after all, she said she was thrilled, not only for herself, a college student, but for high school students who will also have the chance to participate in Upward Bound and learn they have an opportunity to attend a university.

“I was so, so happy,” she said, “because not only would I get to continue to enjoy the benefits of TRiO, but I know students from not only my community but around the state would be able to enjoy the benefits of Upward Bound.”

— Keila Szpaller

 

TRIO SSS Advisor Receives Counseling Award

The TRIO Programs office is proud to announce that one of our SSS Advising Coordinators, Maria Baldwin, was selected to receive the Philip and Miriam Perlman Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association. Each year the Alumni Association recognizes a faculty or staff member with the Philip and Miriam Perlman Excellence in Student Counseling Award for his/her dedication to students in helping them steer a successful course through their studies at the University. Maria is one of the foundations of the TRIO office, she’s been with the U of U TRIO Programs for 19 years and continues to make an impact on TRIO students.

Congratulations Maria!

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Westminster’s Debbie Samaniego Named College’s First-Ever Marshall Scholar – Westminster College News

Westminster’s Debbie Samaniego Named College’s First-Ever Marshall Scholar – Westminster College News

Dec. 5, 2016 Honors Program student to pursue prestigious graduate study in the United Kingdom SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster senior Debbie Samaniego has received the 2017 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom. This marks the first time a Westminster student has been selected for this prestigious award.

TRIO receives Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center grants from Department of Education

TRIO receives Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center grants from Department of Education

The University of North Dakota has once again been awarded both a TRIO/Talent Search and TRIO/Educational Opportunity Center grant from the Department of Education. The goal of these programs is to ensure secondary school graduation and increase the college enrollment rate and successful degree completion among low-income, first-generation participants as they make the transition from one level of education to the next.

Going to the COE in Washington D.C.

I had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. from April 7 – April 10 for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s NerdNation. As a TRIO student at Northwest College in Wyoming I have seen and experienced how much SSS has had an impact on me as a student. Prior to NerdNation I made efforts to reach out to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) so I could witness where the magic of TRIO starts. On April 8th I had the privilege to not only have a tour of the COE but also in meeting with Al Phillips, Holly Hexter and Fernando Cardenas at the COE headquarters. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity because I was able to see first hand how much the COE cares about TRIO students and our future. Their passion for making a college education accessible for all of us was evident and inspiring. TRIO with the help of my great advisors has changed my life and has helped prepare me for a successful future. I am an advocate for TRIO and for the COE for all that they’ve done for me as an individual and for all of us. I appreciate and am fortunate for the advocacy of the COE on our behalf on Capitol Hill, they have and are continuing to change the lives of thousands. The difference they have made for all of us is real and we wouldn’t be here without them.

Thank you,

 

Sam Jones

NWC Student Senate President and TRIO student!

TRIO Student Selected as a Weld County Youth of the Year Finalist

Jesus Aparicio is a graduating senior from the Colorado State University Upward Bound program. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County recently selected Jesus as a Youth of the Year Finalist.  Jesus (the Monfort Club winner) will represent Weld County at the State level competition down in Denver on March 23rd and will be speaking at their Elegant Night event on April 23rd at Embassy Suites. Jesus is also a semi-finalist for the Dell Scholarship and will be attending the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall. The Boys and Girls Club and his TRIO family are very proud of Jesus and the journey he has taken to this point, overcoming significant obstacles to still achieve remarkable success and a truly great future.

TRIO Celebrates 50th Anniversary at UND

UND TRIO Programs will celebrate its 50th anniversary of being on campus, Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Alerus Center. TRIO was originally conceived by Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration as part of the “War on Poverty” to help American students from all populations reach academic success. In 1966 UND applied for and received its first TRIO program, Upward Bound. Since that time UND TRIO has grown to include five programs serving more than 2,500 participants a year. Each of the five programs targets a specific population of students who are primarily low-income and/or first-generation Americans interested in pursuing successful college careers. The TRIO Programs include:

                                                           Program        Population

                                                 Talent Search        Middle and High School students

                                             Upward Bound        Students Grades 9-11

              Educational Opportunity Center      Adults interested in college

                         Student Support Services        Students currently enrolled at UND

                                            McNair Scholars        Juniors and Seniors at UND interested in a Ph.D. research field

The celebration will recognize UND, out of more than 2,800 TRIO programs in the country, as one of the longest continuously funded programs. The Feb. 25 events at the Alerus Center include Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President Emeritus of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), who will discuss social change and college access since the 1960s at 10:00 a.m. in the Alerus Ballroom 2. This event is open to all UND staff.

To see the impact TRIO has made at UND, view this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cmk5xMz5jo