The TRIO programs at Arkansas State University-Beebe and ASU-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, recently celebrated National TRIO Day on the Heber Springs campus.
Former ASU-Beebe Student Support Services student Nanette Peckman-Bykowski, and Dr. Chris Boyett, ASU-Heber Springs vice chancellor, each spoke to the students, parents, and staff in attendance. The event was highlighted by a community service clean-up project
at Sugar Loaf Mountain.
The TRIO programs national day of recognition was created in 1986, as a response from schools, students, and legislators to save the program from budget cuts. Since then, the National TRIO Day has continued to raise awareness of the continuing needs that TRIO programs serve and to celebrate the many lives TRIO has affected over the years.
The TRIO programs were created in the late 1960s to administer the Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services programs. Since then, five more programs have been added to include Educational Opportunity Centers, the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Math/Science and Veterans expansions to the Upward Bound program.
ASU-Beebe and ASU-Heber Springs TRIO programs include Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs. These programs provide academic advising, professional tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and assistance in locating other educational resources. Students also receive assistance when applying for financial aid and scholarships.
For more information about the ASU-Beebe TRIO programs, contact Student Support Services at (501) 882-8964, or Upward Bound at (501) 882-4455, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.