TRiO Celebrates a Decade of Supporting Students

CNM’s TRiO Student Support Services will celebrate 10 years of helping students reach their academic goals on Friday at Main Campus. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides support to students who are either low-income, first-generation college students or have a documented disability.
July 16, 2015

TRiO will host its 10-year anniversary celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 26) in the Student Resource Center, Room 204, on Main Campus. For more information about the event, or to RSVP, call 224-4376. The event will celebrate TRiO’s history and the students who have benefited from the program.

TRiO was established at CNM in 2002, when the college was initially awarded a $220,000, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education that has continued to be renewed. Since 2002, TRiO has helped 790 students access the services they have needed to progress toward an associate degree and transfer to a four-year university. TRiO’s support services include one-on-one academic and career guidance, tutoring in English, math, chemistry and biology, student success workshops and other educational activities.

“It’s a community of students,” said TRiO Director Magda Martinez-Baca. “It’s about inspiring others and motivating each other.”

Studies have shown that TRiO participants are more than three times as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree compared to their fellow students who also receive financial aid.

TRiO, Upward Bound for high school students, and Educational Talent Search for middle school students were established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration to support more educational opportunities for all Americans. More than 1,300 colleges and universities nationwide provide TRiO services.

For more information about CNM’s TRiO Student Support Services program, click here.