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CNM TRiO Students Celebrate National TRiO Day at Roundhouse

March 5, 2014 -- Ten CNM TRiO students joined other TRiO New Mexico programs from around the state at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe last month to celebrate National TRiO Day.
CNM TRiO Students Celebrate National TRiO Day at Roundhouse

TRiO students show off prayer flags they made during National TRiO Day.

“Students and alumni took turns speaking about how TRiO has positively impacted their lives and helped them achieve their goals and dreams of higher education,” said Magda Martinez, director of CNM TRiO Student Support Services.

 Also speaking at the Feb. 14 celebration were State Representative House Majority Leader Rick Miera from District 11 and State Senator Michael Padilla from District 14. Both offered their support of TRiO.

 TRiO programs are funded by competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Education and are located at colleges and universities. They serve middle school-, high school- and college-aged students. These programs help low-income, first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities, graduate and transfer to a university. At CNM, TRiO students are three times as likely to graduate and transfer when compared to demographically similar students.

 TRiO was founded in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson administration. Since then, more than 10.5 million Americans have benefited from the services of the TRiO pre-college and college programs, including Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Ronald E McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program and Educational Opportunity Centers.

Congress enacted National TRiO Day in 1986 to recognize the achievements of all TRiO programs and their role in advancing equal opportunity in post-secondary education.

 Prior to the celebration at the Roundhouse, students took a tour of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe where they learned about IAIA programs, viewed student work and had a tour of the IAIA Art Gallery. They also participated in a creative art activity that involved making prayer flags with words symbolizing what TRiO means to them. Words like “hope,” “growth” and “opportunity” were common themes. The students took these symbolic flags to the Roundhouse where they showed them off.

 New Mexico has 31 TRiO programs serving more than 10,000 students each year. TRiO programs in New Mexico receive more than $9 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

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