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Open house for Creighton University’s student support services

Creighton University’s TRiO Student Support Services department will host an Open House on Monday March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

TRiO LogoCreighton Student Support Services invites the Creighton campus and greater Omaha community partners to come together to learn about the TRiO mission and programs, and meet the new director, Krystal Boose, during the Open House at the Vindardi Center (Old Gym).

“Ms. Boose brings an incredible passion for TRiO, tremendous ties to the Omaha community, and a significant track record of community involvement around diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues,” says Joseph Ecklund, PhD, director of Creighton’s Educational Opportunity Programs and Academic Success. “For over 30 years, our Student Support Services program has continuously exceeded its annual targeted goals of achieving high levels of student persistence, grade point averages, and graduation rates. Krystal’s addition will continue to assist us in pushing the envelope on new ways to provide programming and services to ensure our students’ success at Creighton.”

Approximately, one in five Creighton students has indicated they are the first in their families to attend college. Since 1968, Creighton's TRiO Student Support Services program has been providing academic and financial support to first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. Eligible program participants receive access to the following services for free:

·        Academic Advising and Course Guidance
·        College Success Workshops
·        Peer Mentoring
·        Private & Group Tutoring
·        Graduate School Preparation & Advising
·        Résumé Review & Career Counseling
·        Financial Aid Literacy & Advising
·        Access to Cultural and Community Events & Workshops
·        Private 24-hr Computer Lab, Free Printing, & Study Area
·        Competitive Scholarships & Book Grants
 

Student Support Services is the oldest of Creighton’s five TRiO programs. Creighton is also home to TRiO Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound Math and Science, Talent Search, and Educational Opportunity Center, which serve as a pipeline of support programs assisting participants with successfully enrolling in college. Creighton is one of nine Jesuit universities which offer a Student Support Service program.

The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs 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.

Registration for this free event can be done on Eventbrite, calling 402-280-2749, or emailing SSSInfo@creighton.edu.

The federal TRIO program emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty. In 1968, Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a trio of original programs in the series including Upward Bound and the Educational Talent Search Program, which is now called the TRIO Educational Opportunity Programs. By the late 1960s, the term TRIO was formally adopted to describe these three original federal educational programs. Since that time, the Ronald McNair Scholarship program, the Veteran’s Upward Bound program, and the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program have been added to the TRIO programs.
 

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