Weatherford College celebrated National TRIO Day February 20, bringing together students from WC’s Student Support Services, Talent Search and Upward Bound programs who are the first in their families to graduate from college.
“TRIO Day is an opportunity for students to be empowered by their individual talents and motivation to continue their path to success via a post-secondary education,” said Kay Landrum, Executive Director of Student Outreach and Advising.
During the day, participants learned more about the TRIO Programs that have been on campus since 1999. High school students who visited WC during the day also had the opportunity to learn from the firsthand knowledge and experiences of current SSS students and alumni who have encountered and overcome barriers along their educational paths.
The day wrapped up at the Lady Coyote basketball game where students from all three TRIO programs were recognized during halftime.
In addition to the on campus activities, the Talent Search program participated in Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad’s Technology Day, whichaims to educate local youths about careers in the technology field. Students enjoyed learning about new technologies and how these advances will affect their futures.
“Upward Bound is not merely about education,” said Mercedes Ruiz Deviney, keynote speaker, Upward Bound alumna from Mineral Wells and graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “It is a program that has also taught me life skills and showed me that there is more out there than just my hometown. Upward Bound helped me discover my potential and taught me to value education as a tool to succeed.”
For more than 50 years, TRIO programs have provided valuable services to first-generation students from under-represented populations to help them successfully enter college and graduate.
Today, more than 1,000 colleges, universities and community agencies across the nation host more than 2,700 TRIO projects that serve approximately 840,000 youth and adults. Weatherford College currently serves more than 750 students from junior high through college on the campus and throughout the college’s service area.