By Juanita Allen
TRIO programs at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) maintain a strong commitment to academic excellence by providing cultural needs to students of low-income, or first generation college students.
The objectives that are set by the U.S. Department of Education are positive benchmarks of good academic standing in regards to higher education transfer rates and college graduation.
“TRIO started at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2010, and was just renewed through the United States Department of Education for another five years,” said Christopher Bennett, director of student support services.
The TRIO program at Atlanta Metropolitan State has a 140 student occupancy which boasts the advantages that students gain from one-on-one advisement, counseling, tutoring and academic service and support.
Quantitative measures of the program assess and meets a consistent and positive progression of the qualitative individual personal experiences of Atlanta Metropolitan students, which is proudly demonstrated and expressed in academic achievements.
“The untimed and unmonitored personal environment in the labs give me the extra time that I need to prepare for scholarship opportunities. Without the services provided by TRIO, I would not afford to be here,” said full-time student Jermaine Dixon, a freshmen majoring in psychology.
The competitive grants at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, which are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, include the Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, Talent Search and Upward Bound programs in Clayton, Fulton, Thomaston, West Clayton and Math and Science.
In 1990 the Department of Education created the Upward Bound programs in Math and Science to address the need for specific instructions in the math and science domain. Although the program was administered under the same regulations as other Upward Bound programs it is applied separately.
“This feature is the most positive and rewarding assets of TRIO, cultivating long-term relationships that update, monitor and celebrate former students’ academic progression and achievements,” said Morgan L. Felder, a counselor in the TRIO program at Atlanta Metropolitan State.
While the Educational Opportunities Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter, or continue, their post secondary education, the Upward Bound programs provides fundamental support to its participants in preparation for college entrance.
Likewise, students who enter under the Talent Search platform receive intensive support which begins before their college experience and continues onward with in-house college support.
Students who enter under the Talent Search platform receive intensive support which begins before their college experience and continues onward with in-house college support.
“I appreciated the math and English workshops that are offered. Through them my confidence in my learning abilities have been restored,” said Keenan Lockhart, a freshmen business major.
Beginning with Upward Bound, developed from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration’s War on Poverty, Talent Search created in 1965, as part of the Higher Education Act, and Student Support Services, originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, authorized by the Higher Education Amendments in 1968, the history of TRIO has been progressive.
Over the years, the TRIO programs have expanded and improved to further provide a wider range of services and to meet the needs of students who require more assistance.
“Through the TRIO program I found affordable courses compatible with my scheduling; as I am also employed. However, it is easier to manage my time while furthering my education to advance my career opportunities in my field,” said Tiaranne Dixon, a freshmen majoring in occupational therapy.