TRiO Upward Bound and TRiO Student Support Services students and staff attended a proclamation signing on February 20 by Sedalia Mayor Stephen J. Galliher for National TRiO Day.

According to a press release from Sedalia 200, Galliher proclaimed Feb. 24 as TRiO Day in Sedalia.

TRiO is the first set of federally funded programs to address the social, economic and cultural barriers to higher education in the United States. State Fair Community College currently hosts three TRiO programs: Student Support Services, which serves 160 students each year; and two Upward Bound programs, which serve 50 students at Smith-Cotton High School and 60 students at the Lake of the Ozarks between Eldon High School and Camdenton High School.

The press release says the goal for TRiO programs is to help students enroll in, and graduate from a post-secondary institution.

Sedalia 200

PIC: front from left, are Brandi Estes, Yoana Nandho, Jasmine Sims, all Upward Bound students; Mayor Stephen Galliher (seated), Wanda Trauschke, SSS Administrative Assistant; Linda Creach, UB Coordinator; and Osiris Ochoa, UB Office Assistant. Back, from left, Jeromy Layman, UB Program Director; Rona Prater, UB Advisor; Dr. Joe Gilgour, Dean of Student and Academic Support Services; Brandon Hammond, UB Advisor; Karissa Knedgen, SSS Student Success Coach; Alecia Bennett, SSS Student; Michael Mugler, SSS Student; and Ryan Ferrell, SSS Tutor Coordinator.