On Saturday, February 11, approximately 100 students from the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program planned and participated in an all-day National TRiO Day conference at Cañada College. The event celebrated five decades of TRiO programs nationwide.
According to the 1968 Congressional resolution, National TRiO Day is meant to “[focus the nation’s] attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country.” The day was also commemorated on social media, using Twitter, under the national hashtag of #NTD2015.
National TRiO Day highlights included:
- A keynote address/Q&A with TRiO alumnus—and youngest city council member in California history—Stanford adjunct Michael Tubbs;
- Student panels meant to raise awareness and draw attention to best practices among TRiO students and staff;
- A resource and college fair that featured several programs from Skyline College including Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management;
- Professional workshops that aimed to address key issues germane to first-generation, low-income, and disabled students including text anxiety, alumni transition into four-year institutions, and personal statement writing.
Upcoming trips include a visit to Santa Clara University on Friday, March 6, a Student Empowerment Conference at Stanford University on Saturday, April 4, and a day of service in partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank on Friday, April 3. TRiO Students may register with the TRiO office in the Learning Center in Building 5.
**NOTE: TRiO is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spaces are limited, so qualified first-generation, four-year degree bound students are encouraged to apply by visiting the TRiO-SSS office in the Learning Center in Building 5, or online on our website www.skylinecollege.edu/trio.
Article by Arash Daneshzadeh