VUB Weber State University Instructor Receives Master’s Degree

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For quite some time Yulia Goff has been going to class to increase her own education. In May she achieved her goal when she earned her Master’s Degree. Way to go Yulia!

Montana Can! Agents of Change – 2015 State Conference

MONTANA CAN! AGENTS OF CHANGE ~ 2015 State Conference

Montana TRIO at State Capitol

Montana TRIO at State Capitol

TRiO Programs in Montana combined resources with Gear UP, Montana College Access Network, and Financial Aid administrators and produced a great conference April 8-10th in Helena, Montana. TRIO Achiever speaker, Angela McLean, Montana Lieutenant Governor inspired our achievers to reach for their goals and presented each with a plaque in recognition of their success. Angela is a huge supporter of the TRIO mission and we are lucky to have such a great relationship with her. Kimberly Jones from COE joined us for her first trip to the Last Best Place and gave us great education on how to work with our legislators. Great speakers and presentations were shared allowing membership to network with professionals in each field . TRIO staff converged at the state Capitol and recognized on the floor of the Senate during legislative hearings.

Angela McLean, Lt. Governor & Natalie Black, UM graduate

Angela McLean, Lt. Governor & Natalie Black, UM graduate

Of course, our conference wouldn’t be fun without a fantastic silent auction. Included this year was a raffle for a motor cycle!

Of course, our conference wouldn’t be fun without a fantastic silent auction. Included this year was a raffle for a motor cycle!

Educational Access Day

Ed Access for AspirationsThe TRIO Educational Access Day in Cheyenne, WY was a great experience. It was exciting to see people in the TRIO programs come to the state capital and learn about the legislative process.

One of the great things about attending Educational Access Day was meeting other people from the UW Student Success Services program as well as other TRIO programs, such as Upward Bound and the McNair Scholars Program. Getting to talk to them and learn about their experiences has broadened my insight to what TRIO programs are able to do for many people from different walks of life.

For me, I don’t think I would be able to go to college to earn a degree without the help of TRIO programs offered at my high school. My siblings have also benefitted from the TRIO programs where they live. I am the first, in both my entire family and my neighborhood, to attend college.

It is realistic that I can get my degree because of the TRIO programs and resources. Educational Access Day helped motivate me even more to get my degree and pursue my goals of a higher education as well as help others with those similar goals. It meant so much that we have representatives who value these programs and want to cheer students to meet their individual goals.

Victoria Ramos
SSS Participant
University of Wyoming

Access equals success


Call for proposals

ASPIRE Regional Conference 2015
“CelebraTing HistoRy CreatIng MOmentum”

October 3 – 7, 2015
Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center
Rapid City, South Dakota

Call for Conference Proposals
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Please join us in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota for our ASPIRE Regional Conference! We invite you to share your knowledge, experience and expertise with hundreds of colleagues who -like you- are invested in improving college access and success. ASPIRE is seeking creative, informative and relevant proposals that will engage professionals who work with college access, college preparation and college success strategies for students from 6th grade through graduate school.

Submit proposals by the April 30, 2015 deadline. Presenters are encouraged to nominate or collaborate with colleagues from other schools, states, and organizations. Conference concurrent sessions will be scheduled on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 and should be approximately 50 minutes in length allowing time for questions and answer.

Start creating your momentum by completing the attached form, and email a copy to or call 605-688-6653 for questions.

Online proposal system to be online soon.

Wyoming Educational Access Day

Wyoming Ed Access Day 2015 - WY Dept. of Education
Wyoming Educational Access Day 2015 – we had 44 people in attendance (TRiO students, GEAR UP students & TRiO/GEAR UP staff).  We had a full day scheduled for the students – visit to House & Senate (we were fortunate enough to be introduced in both), meeting and proclamation with Governor Mead, program with Wyoming Department of Education, meeting with Wyoming Equality State Policy Center, meeting and proclamation with Mayor of Cheyenne, program presentation by Serve Wyoming, and much more!
Wyoming Ed Access Day 2015 - Governor Mead
We also reserved $100.00 to award a scholarship to one high school senior or postsecondary student who was in attendance yesterday – students will be writing an essay and submitting scholarship applications by the end of February.

Montana TRIO SSS students take the plunge

TRIO SSS students who participated in the “Grizzly Dip” at UM – a fundraiser for Special Olympics!033