Creighton University's Educational Opportunity/TRiO Programs strive to give first generation, low income, and underrepresented minority students the best possible chance to pursue higher education. Creighton sponsors five TRiO programs each funded through a competitive Department of Education grant process and serves over 2,100 students from the Omaha metro area in providing information and strategies on applying to colleges, financial literacy, career exploration, academic support and leadership training. The TRiO programs collectively work with students across the educational spectrum: 800 middle school students, 200 high school students, 160 Creighton students, and nearly 1000 adult learners. A brief description of each program is below with hyperlinks to each program's website.
Educational Opportunity Centers located throughout the country primarily serve displaced or underemployed workers from families with incomes under $24,000. These Centers help people to choose a college and a suitable financial aid program. There are 138 Educational Opportunity Centers in America serving 210,000 individuals.
The purpose of Student Support Services Program (SSS) is to increase the number of low-income college students, first generation students, and college students with disabilities who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. Participants, who include disabled college students, receive tutoring, counseling and remedial instruction. Students are now being served at 930 colleges and universities nationwide.
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their post-secondary education.
Upward Bound helps young students to prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Currently, 774 programs are in operation throughout the United States.
Upward Bound Math & Science helps students from low-income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language and study skills. More than 130 programs are serving students throughout the country.