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PCC to Celebrate Success of TRIO Programs

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Dr. LaTonya Nixon serves as director of PCC's TRIO Programs.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will celebrate the success of its TRIO programs this month, as the federal outreach and student services initiative marks its 50th anniversary.

According to PCC TRIO Director LaTonya Nixon, the college has designated Oct. 27-31 as “TRIO Week” on campus and will hold three special events as part of the celebration.

“… We are honored that TRIO is currently celebrating 50 years of making college access available to all students,” Nixon said. “As such, we have dedicated an entire week to highlighting TRIO success.”

“TRIO Week” will get underway with an open house to celebrate the success of TRIO programs at PCC. Nixon says the event, which will take place Oct. 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ed and Joan Warren Building, is open to the public and will feature light refreshments and door prizes.

The celebration will continue Oct. 29 with an invitation-only luncheon in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. Nixon says the individuals to be recognized during the “TRIO Achievers Luncheon” have all completed the requirements of their respective TRIO programs and used the services they received as a springboard to success in higher education, the workplace and their communities.

The final event of the weeklong celebration, according to Nixon, will be a conference on college transfer and career development that will take place on campus Oct. 31.

Started in 1964, TRIO has grown to encompass eight programs that target and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and people with disabilities. Services provided through the programs help participants progress through the academic pipeline, from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Nixon says TRIO has been an active part of retaining students at PCC since 2005. She says the college currently offers a pair of TRIO programs—Student Support Services (SSS) and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC)—that are collectively referred to as TRIO Works.

Nixon explained that SSS aims to increase the retention and graduation rates of college participants through such services as tutoring, workshops, campus visits, leadership development, counseling and academic planning, and college transfer assistance.

EOC’s goal, Nixon says, is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions. She says EOC services include college admissions information, college transfer assistance and financial aid information sessions.