This year on Saturday, February 25, National TRIO Day will be recognized in communities throughout the United States. National TRIO Day was initiated in 1986, and designed to be celebrated annually on the last Saturday in February, in order to focus the nation’s “attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives.” Federal Trio Programs assist low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. Our hope is that through focus on “National TRIO Day” these programs will see increased awareness and support.
The Educational Opportunity Centers of Pennsylvania, based out of Edwardsville provides TRIO services to at least 2,233 adult participants residing in eleven contiguous counties throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Educational Talent Search Project has been assisting students in selected schools throughout the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton area.
Over the last year alone, staff at the Educational Opportunity Centers of Pennsylvania have worked with 2,260 participants in their EOC project. Of those, 212 received a high school diploma or equivalency, 800 participants received assistance in the completion of their Financial Aid applications, and nearly 700 enrolled in Post- Secondary education.
Educational Talent Search Project staff worked with over 1,000 students, 211 of whom were seniors. Of those, 159 were admitted to Post-Secondary education and 167 were assisted with completion of their financial aid applications. Every one of the 800 Educational Talent Search participants from grades 7 through 11 received preparation for post-secondary education by way of workshops, field trips to colleges, and 1:1 intervention.