The Kilgore College TRIO program, Upward Bound program and the East Texas TRIO Alliance celebrated National TRIO Day March 24.
East Texas TRIO Alliance consists of students from KC, Tyler Junior College, Navarro College and Wiley College.
TRIO Day was established to nationally promote TRIO programs and to bring awareness of services to first generation, low income and disabled college and pre-college students.
Guest speaker for the event was Odell Bizzell -- an inspirational storyteller, podcast host, author and entrepreneur.
In its 16th year at KC, the TRIO program was awarded a $1.15 million federal grant in 2015 to continue its services through the year 2020.
Since 2001, the TRIO program at KC has helped more than 1,400 students with their educational needs.
In that time period, 460 degrees have been earned by KC TRIO students: 272 associate’s degrees and certificates, 155 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees and three doctorate degrees).
The program, first introduced in 1968 under the Higher Education Act, was named TRIO because it consisted of three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services. It now consists of seven.
The KC-Upward Bound pre-college program is in its 10th year and services 50 students each year from Kilgore High School, Longview High School and Pine Tree High School.
In 2017, the UB Program at KC was awarded a $1.32 million federal grant to continue services through 2022.
More info about Odell Bizzell:
Bizzell is an inspirational storyteller, podcast host, author and entrepreneur.
In high school Odell started a small candy business that earned him more than $75,000 while earning an academic scholarship to a top-25 university.
He's written five books and has given more than 200 presentations that have reached close to 100,000 people.
As a leadership and diversity expert he also teaches people how to turn their experience, interests and talents into a thriving career.
He's been a featured speaker on some of the same programs as national politicians and celebrities such as ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, David Letterman, and Oprah Winfrey.
For more information about Bizzell, visit his website: www.OdellBizzell.com.