LCU hosting National TRiO Day LuncheonFeb. 19, 2013
The Lubbock area TRiO programs are celebrating National TRiO day on Wednesday, February 20th, with a luncheon on the LCU campus; the first time LCU has hosted TRiO Day in the more than forty years that TRiO has been in existence in the State of Texas. Each program will honor their Achiever of the Year, who will give a speech and receive an award. LCU’s President Tim Perrin will also speak for this inspiring event.
TRiO is made up of federally funded programs such as Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Student Support Services, and McNair. These programs have been providing valuable supportive services to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them successfully become first generation college students and graduates for over 40 years.
TRiO Programs are available at LCU, Texas Tech, South Plans College, and LEARN community service to help underrepresented populations successfully complete a college education. We like to think of ourselves as providing equal access to education. National TRiO Day is a day that allows the TRiO programs, nationwide, an opportunity to highlight their success through students’ stories.”
-- Kyndra F. Brown, director, LCU Flight Plan/TRiO
TRiO programs serve 220 students at LCU alone and approximately 790,000 students nationwide. Their goal is to increase the college achievement levels for underrepresented populations. Their services include: tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and workshops in time management. Many of the students who benefit from TRiO have inspiring stories of being first generation college students and how TRiO has helped them overcome financial obstacles. One of whom is LCU’s Flight Plan Achiever of the Year, Ingrid Johnson. 40-year-old single mom, Ingrid, attempted to complete college four times since the age of 19, but in 2009 Flight Plan encouraged her and gave her the resources she needed to stick it through until graduation.
"They helped me think about different things. I don’t want to live just pay check to pay check. I didn’t want to live like that, I didn’t want to repeat what my parents did to me. I wanted something better for my daughter."
–Ingrid Johnson, Flight Plan Achiever of the Year, LCU
Now, Ingrid is not only a LCU graduate with a degree in psychology, she has also been accepted into graduate school at LCU thanks to the help of the Flight Plan team. The upcoming luncheon is to honor similar stories of the ones who have overcome their disadvantages and graduated from college. The luncheon is by invitation only with no charge for those attending.
For more information, please contact Judy Bowyer. 806.720.7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org