Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus Celebrates TRiO Day

Headline: Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus Celebrates TRiO Day

Sub headline: Seven award recipients to be announced

Beeville, TX- The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville Campus will participate in the annual nationwide TRiO Day celebration on Friday, February 27, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium.

An awards ceremony will take place with seven awards being presented to students who are currently in TRiO programs or have been a part of a TRiO program. A CBC College Fair will also take place and all students who are in attendance will have the opportunity to participate. CBC will have representatives from each program that is currently offered on campus available to discuss higher education opportunities.

TRiO Day is a celebration that takes place to reflect on the achievements of the various TRiO programs that are offered and the low income, first generations students that are served. Without these federally funded programs, that aid students ranging from middle school to post baccalaureate, students would not have access to a higher education.

CBC Beeville has hosted TRiO programs since the mid-1970s with four of the eight currently being offered to students. The four programs that are offered at CBC Beeville include Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound (UB) Ghost, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Student Support Services (SSS).

UB, with an annual award of $382,500, aids high school students in grades nine through 12 through the process of preparing for a higher education. There are currently 85 students in the program from various high schools in the surrounding area. UB currently serves students from Mathis, Pettus, Skidmore-Tynan and Beeville.

UB G.O.S.T. is a program that was developed to provide participants with instruction in topics such as science, mathematics, composition and literature. With an annual award of $250,000, U.B. G.O.S.T. is able to provide high school students with supplemental instruction after school, on the weekend and throughout the summer. There are currently 50 students in the program from high schools in the surrounding area. UB G.O.S.T. currently serves students from Sinton, Odem, Taft and George West.

ETS, which is a result of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Higher Education Act (HEA), is currently celebrating their 50th Anniversary. With an annual award of $290,709, ETS is able to provide its services to 671 high school students in grades nine through 12. Throughout the duration of the program students are provided with career and academic counseling, information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid. ETS currently serves students from Odem, Refugio, Kenedy, Runge, Beeville, Karnes City, Pettus, Skidmore-Tynan and Three Rivers.

SSS, with an annual award of $ 281,511, provides services to 204 students who are currently enrolled at CBC. This program is geared toward exposing students to options after they have completed their associate’s degree or certification program at CBC. Opportunities are created for students to uncover career options in their field of study, graduate programs to continue their higher education and professional programs for technical training in their field of study.

For more information about the TRiO programs that are offered at CBC please visit, http://www.coastalbend.edu/TRiO/. If you would like to speak with one of the four programs directly please contact the ETS office via phone at (361) 354-2706, the U.B. office via phone at (361) 354-2715, the U.B. G.O.S.T. office via phone at (361) 354-2746, or the SSS office via phone at (361) 354-2722.

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