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Educational Opportunity Center

We assist students with specific needs, including veterans, women, non-traditional, returning students, economically disadvantaged, disabled students, first-generation college students and first-generation college attendees. Our program helps students overcome barriers and helps boost their academic and economic competitiveness. We help students succeed!


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Student Support Services

TRIO is a federally funded program that provides ongoing support throughout a student's college career. We promote student development by providing opportunities to grow personally, socially, and academically. At the present time, we are funded to serve 150 students.


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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded program sponsored by Utah Valley University. It assists high school students who will be the first generation in their family to graduate with a post-secondary degree.


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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that identifies and serves individuals interested in post-secondary education or vocational training. Guidance activities are offered on various topics such as self-exploration, career decisions, financial aid application, and college registration. The goal of the program is for students to seek to further their education and to be better prepared due to the services provided.


History of the TRIO Program

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes five distinct outreach programs targeted to serve and assist students on their academic journey from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound which emerged out the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1968 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulation as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. The legislative requirements for all six TRIO programs can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, subpart 2.

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