The TRIO programs, funded by the federal government and administered through the U.S. Department of Education, include outreach and support programs targeted to help students progress from middle school through post‐secondary education.
This federally funded TRIO program, available at all four IECC colleges since 1993, offers tutoring, academic and career advisement, study skills enhancement, special enrichment programs, and opportunity for community involvement.
The program’s goals are to provide the tools necessary to empower its participants to achieve life-long success. 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.
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 over 30 years.
The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to provide academic support, personal/career counseling, and cultural enrichment to participants who have the academic ability for completion of a post-secondary degree. Our goal is to provide services to high school students with academic skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and beyond.
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Upward Bound provides academic tutoring, course advisement, college/career counseling, cultural enrichment, and social development, among other services, to over 200 students from twelve high schools. All services are free to participants accepted into the program.
Services may include:
- after-school college preparatory sessions
- educational and college trips
- six-week summer program on an IECC campus
Upward Bound is available to students who attend a target high school in Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, or White County. Participants must apply and meet specific eligibility criteria.
For more information about Upward Bound, contact Olney Central College at 866.622.4322, ext. 2284, Lincoln Trail College at 866.582.4322, ext. 2284, or Wabash Valley College at 866-982-4322, ext. 2284.