TRiO at IECC
The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.
IECC’s Upward Bound Program was the first TRIO Program established at IECC and has continued to provide services to eligible high school students for more than 20 years. Upward Bound provides academic tutoring, college/career counseling, cultural enrichment, social awareness and other services to over 100 high school students in eight high schools. Students participate in after school tutorial sessions and attend workshops, educational/college trips and a six week summer program at Olney Central College. All services are free to those accepted into the program. Upward Bound is available to participants who meet program requirements at target high schools in Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Wayne counties. For more information about Upward Bound, contact Olney Central College at 866.622.4322, ext. 2282, Lincoln Trail College at 866.582.4322, ext. 1471.
IECC’s Talent Search Program is a federally funded TRIO Program that encourages and inspires its participants to think college early. Talent Search serves more than 500 middle and high school students in seventeen schools throughout the IECC District as well as individuals between the ages of 11 and 27 who have not yet completed high school or college programs. All services are free to those accepted into the program and include at‐school activities and workshops during the regular school year and day camps, activities and educational/college trips during the summer. Talent Search is available to participants who meet program requirements at target schools in Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties. For more information about Talent Search, contact Olney Central College at 618.395.7777, ext. 5804.
This federally funded TRIO program, available at all four IECC colleges since 1993, offers tutoring, academic and career advisement, study skills enhancement and special enrichment programs. The program’s goals are to help participants achieve their educational, career and life goals. The program helps students to persist in college, to graduate, and to transfer to a four‐year institution. Students may be eligible by meeting one of the following criteria: 1) neither parent received a four‐year college degree; 2) financially limited resources (according to federal guidelines); or 3) be an individual with a documented disability. Students must apply for acceptance and meet program requirements. The TRIO Student Support Services serves 190 eligible students and has maintained an impressive record of success since its inception in the District. For more information or to apply for services, call the SSS counselors at any one of the four IECC colleges; Frontier Community College; Lincoln Trail College; Olney Central College; or Wabash Valley College.