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About TRIO

Over the years, our TRIO program has expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services to reach more students who need assistance.

TRIO Office

1401 Basehart Road SE,
BT #4

Find us on Main Campus near the corner of University and Basehart, across from Student Services Center (Campus Map).

Phone: (505) 224-4375

TRIO History

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

TRIO Student Support Services was awarded to CNM Main Campus in October 2001 through a competitive U.S. Department of Education (USDE) grant award process and has received continued USDE funding. CNM Montoya Campus will begin a new TRIO Student Support Services program, commencing fall 2015. All TRIO programs are authorized under the amended law of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Some landmark dates include:

  • October 2014: TRIO Student Support Services grant competition, 5 year grant cycle.
  • September 2013: Due to federal sequestration,TRIO had to the eliminate biology/chemistry tutor position.
  • October 2012: Celebration event, 10 years+ TRIO Alumni event at CNM.
  • Summer 2011: Moved to Basehart #4 temporary building for an estimated three years. Still maintaining offices, tutoring space and student computer lab there.
  • 2010–2015: Successful grant competition secured five years of funding.
  • Fall 2005: Moved department from the Student Services Center to the South Building at Main campus. This move created more tutoring space, computer lab, scanners, a Xerox copier, and a private conference room area.
  • Fall 2005: TRIO added biology and chemistry tutorial services.
  • 2005–2009: Successful grant competition secured five more years of funding.
  • Fall 2004: Created TAG (TRIO Achievers Group) student club for student leadership and community service opportunities.
  • 2001–2005: During the first 4 years (1st grant cycle) an English tutor position was added to tutoring subjects and we began the TRIO graduation banquet tradition.

Early History of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (PDF)

TRIO Staff

Magda Martinez-Baca

Program Director
(505) 224-4376

Magda Martinez-Baca, Director of TRIO Student Support Services, has been an advocate for educational opportunity throughout her career. Prior to her work with TRIO, she worked in New Mexico and Texas with educational grant programs. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.

Magda Martinez-Baca

Rob Carriaga

TRIO Achievement Coach
(505) 224-4377

Rob Carriaga is our Achievement Coach and is a first-generation college graduate with a double-major bachelor's degree in Communication and Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling. He has worked for over 10 years in higher education as an educational advisor, counselor, and adjunct instructor of Communication studies.

Rob Carriaga

Jimi Sanchez

TRIO Achievement Coach (Montoya Campus)
(505) 224-4000, ext. 52947

Jimi Sanchez is a native New Mexican and TRIO Alumni. He came back to school as a 45 year old freshman and has received his Master’s in Science in the Organization, Information and Learning Sciences. Jimi is also a McNair Scholar. He is well versed in the culture of adult education.

Jimi Sanchez - TRiO Tutor Coordinator

Willie Smoker

Administrative Technical Assistant (Montoya Campus)
(505) 224-4375

Willie Smoker is our Office Manager at the Montoya Campus and is a CNM graduate. He graduated in 2001 with an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and a certificate in Pharmacy Technician, both with honors. He furthered his education at the University of New Mexico achieving his Bachelors of Science in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences. He enjoys assisting students along their path to graduation and sees the TRIO program as an excellent platform to do so.

Willie Smoker

Jamie Denison

TRIO Math Tutor (Montoya Campus)

Jaime Denison is a tutor in mathematics and was a TRIO student at University of the Pacific.  Studying in philosophy, he received a bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific, a master’s degree from University of California, Irvine, and recently a Ph.D. from University of New Mexico.  He has several years of experience teaching his own courses in writing and philosophy at the college level, as well as a few years of tutoring mathematics, physics and logic.

Jamie Denison