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30th Anniversary National TRIO Day at MCTC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERichard L. Taylor Jr.
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Feb. 25, 2016

Minneapolis, Minn.—Minneapolis Community and Technical College and the Minnesota TRIO Association will hosts the 30th Anniversary of National TRIO Day Conference for the Minnesota Southern TRIO District on March 12th.  Nationally known speaker and author, Richard L. Taylor Jr., will keynote the conference and share his story of being a past TRIO student and his keys to success. Congressman Keith Ellison, Representing Minnesota 5th District, will be one of the honored guests. Nearly 500 students and guests will participate in the conference aimed at empowering first generation and modest income student success. Students participating in the conference are from TRIO programs at MCTC, Hennepin Technical College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Normandale Community College, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The event will also host a college fair and presentations from over 30 colleges and universities.

Congressman Keith Eillison
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Congressman Keith Ellison
On February 24, 1986, a resolution was read (H. Con. Res. 278) in Congress expressing the sense that February 28, 1986, should be designated as "National TRIO Day" to commemorate the annual achievements of the Federal TRIO programs in communities across the country. Today, National TRIO Day is an opportunity to focus the nation's "attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made."

TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. TRIO is a set of federally-funded college–based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds – including military veterans and students with disabilities. Currently serving nearly 760,000 students from middle school through post-graduate study, TRIO provides academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, workplace and college visits, and other supports necessary to promote college access, retention, and graduation. An estimated 5 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of TRIO programs across the country.

Today more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 760,000 young people and adults. Thirty-five percent (35%) of TRIO students are White, 35% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 4% are American Indian, 3% are Asian-American, and 4% are listed as “other,” including multiracial students.  Seven Thousand TRIO students have disabilities.

Contacts for more information:  Co-Chairs of MN TRIO Day 2016, Shirley Sanders, 612.659.6556 and Jennifer Brookins-King, 612.659.6564.

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