TRiO alumni discuss college transition
By Gaby Lara
photo by Tommy Yang
Writing Pad director Christina Cavaco and
university relations director Dave Hager
share a meal with students at the TriO
luncheon in the emeritus room Sept. 27.
Students in the TRiO program reunited after a summer apart in the emeritus room Sept. 27.
TRiO directors held a luncheon for former Menasha and Kaukauna High School students in the program who are now students at UW-Fox.
Over the course of the hour, students shared their opinions and discussed the college experience compared to high school.
TRiO is a federal grant program that serves grades 6 to 12, that specializes in helping first generation students, as well as those who come from low income families. The program’s goal is to put discouraged students on the right track.
"I want students to know everyone can go to college. TRiO has a very high success rate," Tammie Blaney, program director of TRiO, said.
With all the hassle involved with applying to college, some students become discouraged when trying to achieve their academic goals.
"We cover the things eating at students, and make it easier," Blaney said.
In addition to moral support, TRiO finds ways to get their members out in the open, exposing them to what college can be like.
TRiO coordinators schedule campus visits, career days, and workshops to help students get an idea of what they may or may not like to study when they begin their postsecondary education.
Upon applying for admissions, TRiO directors and representatives help students complete financial aid applications. Many students are not familiar with how to properly fill out paperwork that involves such detail, so TRiO helps them with this.
"It really is a great program," Kaitlin Cooper, TRiO coordinator at UW-Fox, said.
"You can tell when a weight has been lifted of the student’s shoulders and it really helps us create a more personal relationship with them."
For more information on the TRiO program here at UW-Fox, contact Tammie DeVooght-Blaney at (920) 832-0111.