Sedalia Mayor Pro-Tem Don Meier recently proclaimed Feb. 23, 2019, as TRIO Day in Sedalia.

TRIO Day focuses the nation's attention on the needs of young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives.

The Federal TRiO programs, which began under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, help individuals progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO includes eight programs that serve individuals who are low-income, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

State Fair Community College receives federal funding for two TRIO programs – Student Support Services (SSS) that serves college students on the Sedalia campus and Upward Bound (UB) that serves high school students at Smith-Cotton, Camdenton and Eldon.

--At the signing ceremony with Meier are, from left, Crissina Kemp, SSS student success coach; Jeromy Layman, UB program director; Sonya Bowman, SSS program director; Katelynn Montgomery, UB student; Osiris Ochoa, UB academic advisor; Jasmine Sims, UB student; Brandon Hammond, UB academic advisor; Linda Creach, UB coordinator; Dr. Brent Bates, SFCC Educational and Students Support Services vice president; Adrian Sotelo, UB student; Dr. Joe Gilgour, SFCC Academic and Student Support Services dean; and Karissa Knedgen, SSS student success coach.