TRio: Prouder students with resources to success

Marisa Caban

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TRiO is the academic support system for students who are first generation college students, disabled or have low income. They offer tutoring, mentoring, campus tours of four-year colleges and more for students who qualify.

It’s a personalized experience at TRiO. Their office is next door to the TRiO lab on the second floor of student services, where students can receive tutoring or homework help. Amber Mitchell and Jessica Nelson accept applications and get to know students one-on-one.

The program maximum capacity is 140 students, but TRiO still accepts applications into the spring semester. Spots open up as students graduate. The application can be found online.

With TRiO, students can not only have the support system found in their tutoring lab, but also academic advisement, mentoring and trips to college campuses such as University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma and more. TRiO schedules these tours each semester, but if a college that a student wants to see isn’t offered, TRiO can contact that college to set up a private tour, Nelson said.

In Spring 2015, TRiO will visit the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, OU and UCO. The program participates in culture activities during the visits, such as a trip to a pumpkin patch during their recent visit to OU and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on their way back from Langston University. Nelson said TRiO will attend a painting class in the House of Clay during their visit to OCU in the spring.

“We know (other colleges’ academic advisement and admissions offices) pretty well. …we think a lot about what the next step is,” Nelson said.

Charmetra Reece is a social work major in TRiO for the second semester. She joined after a neighbor who worked at UCO’s TRiO program said she should check out TriO at RSC.

“I come here every morning at 8 a.m. to make sure I have all of my papers copied,” Reece said. “Having tutors here around the clock, from 8 a.m.-5p.m. to help.”

Reece said she plans on going to UCO when she is finished at RSC and also plans to join their TRiO program for continued support.

“They gave me the reassurance that I can make it in college and be successful. …They can give me the high-five that I need.” Reece said.

TRiO is still accepting applications through spring. For more information call Mitchell or Nelson at 733-7379.

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