NWC has 50 TRIO Grads in 2016!

This year Northwest College’s SSS TRIO program in Powell, Wyoming had 51 graduates.  The NWC SSS program has been in operation for just over 15 years, and this is the largest class of graduates they have ever had in that time.  A few years ago, NWC TRIO started the tradition of inviting graduates to a photo shoot with the NWC College Photographer for a professional graduation photo.  During this photo shoot, graduates are asked to make a poster stating how TRIO has helped them.  This year graduates also sported “TRIO Works!” buttons on their graduation robes.  The associated photos are NWC College President Stefani Hicswa with a group of TRIO graduates at the photo shoot, a professional photo of a graduate, a professional photo of a graduate and their poster, NWC Student Senate President, and TRIO student, Sam Jones at the conclusion of his commencement speech.

Cheyenne McNair Scholar receives full ride to Michigan doctorate program


Westminster College McNair Scholars Graduation News

DSCN0909Please join the Westminster College McNair Scholars Program in congratulating our 2015-16 graduates!

2016 Graduates Entering Graduate School in Fall 2016   (10/11 will attend graduate school this fall = 91%) 

 Abby Steven Arellanes will enter the PhD program in sociology at North Carolina State University.

Brianda De Leon (U of U) will begin the master’s program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.  Her emphasis will be Student Affairs.

Elizabeth Gamarra (U of U) will begin her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah.

Quan Le (U of U) will earn his MS in civil engineering at the University of Utah.

Katherine McLean will enter the PhD program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Katie was also a recipient of the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship, as well as a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Martinez will enter the master’s program in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah.

Lisa Molina will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she will earn a master’s degree in Social Justice Education.

Giulia Soto (U of U) will pursue the MSEd in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Stephen Tahan will earn his PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Stephen also received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation  GRFP.

Tashelle Wright will earn a PhD in public health from the University of California at Merced.

Additionally, we’d like to congratulate Karissa Killian; she will work for the U.S. Forest Service after graduation.

We are so proud of the McNair Scholars’ accomplishments, and delighted to see them achieve their academic goals!


Congratulations to all!

April Wyoming EOC Student of the Month

Charlotte Bohren is the Wyoming EOC student of the Month for April.  Sheridan EOC coordinator, Katherine writes: I met Charlotte back in Feb 2014 at the WIC office as I was just getting a good start in EOC.  She is a veteran and has two children, then ages 1 & 6.  She told me that day that “Yeah, I should go back to school.”  She had an Associate Degree (General Studies) from Sheridan College and had taken some time off from school.  We worked together to get her FAFSA done and with help from the University of Wyoming Outreach coordinator here, she was enrolled in summer session a few months later.  She is now completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice through University of Wyoming.   I visited with her several times, especially the first year or so as most of her classes were in the building where my office is.  She never forgot to remind me that “I would not have done this IF it weren’t for you.”  When I called her back in March to tell her the new FAFSA changes and that I was available to help her renew her FAFSA, etc. I was thrilled to hear that she was going to graduate.  Today she, accompanied by her husband and 3-year old stopped by to get her picture taken and pick up her graduation gown.  The little guy really got a kick out of getting in the picture!  Her husband is so proud of her, and I didn’t miss the opportunity to do a little recruiting.  (He will be calling me when he is ready to finish college.)  Charlotte has truly been an inspiration to me and contributes much to why EOC is a rewarding job!

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!

National TRIO Day 2016 Day of Service

National TRIO Day of Service 2016

The mission of the Center for Human Enrichment/TRIO Student Support Services (CHE) program is to provide comprehensive academic services to support the academic, professional and personal success of 200 first-generation college students at the University of Northern Colorado. In recognition of National TRIO Day, the CHE program volunteered at the Weld Food Bank on March 5, 2016. The Weld Food Bank provides support through the following programs: Emergency Food Box Program, Commodity Supplement Food Program, Mobile Food Pantry, Kids Café, Backpack Program, and Summer Feeding support. During our day of service, we packaged over 3,200 pounds of onions for the organization. For more information about the Weld Food Bank, please visit www.weldfoodbank.org. For more information about CHE, please contact program director Shawanna Kimbrough at Shawanna.Kimbrough@unco.edu or 970-351-1905.

March EOC Student of the Month

Ashley Garcia has been named the March EOC Student of the Month.  Ashley has shown enormous tenacity over the years.  She hesitantly began working on her GED several years ago, unsure if she would be able to attain her goal, but she stuck with it.  Within 5 months, she proudly held her high school equivalency certificate during the Family Literacy graduation ceremony.  Shortly after completing her GED, she enrolled in the Nursing program at Northwest College.  Being a mom with four kids is a big job, and with her husband unable to help with the kids at this time, she is operating as a single mother while pursuing her degree.  She rushes from class to class and then away to pick up the kids from school, managing to squeeze in working 20 hours a week.  While it is no easy feat, she keeps a positive attitude with her goal of being a nurse always ahead, keeping her moving forward!

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.