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The TRIO PROGRAMS began, not with the Higher Education Act, but with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the original War on Poverty Statute, which created Upward Bound. Talent Search was established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and in 1968, the first re-authorization of the Higher Education Act created Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (Student Support Services). Although other programs were added beginning in the 1970’s, the name "TRIO" remained.

The TRIO PROGRAMS were established by the Federal Government to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. The programs are designed to help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. The educational and human services offered through TRIO Programs are distinguishable from all other counseling programs in America.

TRIO Programs assist students in the entry, retention, and completion of post-secondary education; they provide information, counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, assistance in applying for financial aid, encouragement and support.

TRIO Programs are very effective and many students from low-income families depend on these programs to succeed academically in high school and college. In fact, since 1965, an estimated 5 million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of TRIO programs. Students are now being served at approximately 938 colleges and universities, nationwide.

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UPWARD BOUND (UB) helps young students prepare for higher education. Since the Upward Bound program arrived on the scene in 1964, two others have come into existence (UPWARD BOUND MATH SCIENCE (UBMS) and VETERANS UPWARD BOUND). Currently, over 956 programs are in operation throughout the United States. 

TALENT SEARCH programs serve young people in grades six through 12. This early intervention program helps people from families with incomes under $24,000 (where neither parent graduated from college) to better understand their educational opportunities and options. Over 312,000 Americans are enrolled in 473 Talent Search programs. There are no Talent Search programs in the Kansas City area at this time.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (SSS) programs provide services for students to increase college retention and graduation rates and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. More than 202,000 students are now being served by 1,069 Student Support Services programs at colleges and universities nationwide. Kansas City area Student Support Services programs: Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS (EOC) provide assistance and information to adults who seek to enter or continue a program of post secondary education. These centers help individuals to choose a college and suitable financial aid program. There are 142 EOCs serving 199,000  individuals.
Kansas City area Educational Opportunity Centers:
Metropolitan Community College

RONALD E. MCNAIR POST-BACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT “McNair” programs are designed to encourage low-income and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching, as well as, prepare for doctoral study. Currently there are 156 McNair programs, serving 3,774 students. There are no McNair programs within the Kansas City area at this time.

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TRIO Student Support Services

MCC-Penn Valley
Project Success
3201 SW Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Mon-Thurs & Fri: 8am-4:30pm
Wed: 8am-6:00pm

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