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Cook named first 'TRIO Champion'

3/18/2014

LBW Community College recently celebrated National TRIO Day and added a new and unexpected twist to the presentation.

Following a presentation by Diaon Cook, English and reading faculty, she received the College’s first annual “TRIO Champion Award,” recognizing her many years of support for both the Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs, two of the seven TRIO programs offered at LBWCC.

Cook, who also serves as the College’s director of student activities and cultural diversity, has a history with the programs spanning more than 30 years, including teaching in the Upward Bound program.

“We are so grateful for her support through the years,” said Bridges Anderson, Upward Bound director. “She has touched the lives of so many first-generation students, inspiring them to reach great success in their studies and careers.”


National TRIO Day is held to highlight the services offered through the federally funded programs designed to help low-income students become the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.

“LBWCC’s Upward Bound program helps high school students in grades 9-12 prepare for higher education,” said Anderson.

“Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on LBWCC’s campus during after-school hours, Saturday classes, and summer enrichment programs,” he said. “Upward Bound also provides intensive mentoring and support for participants as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admissions applications.”

Currently, more than 950 Upward Bound projects are in operation nationally, serving 65,000 students.

Once they become college students, LBWCC’s Student Support Services is available to help low-income and first-generation students, including those with a disability, be successful  in and graduate from college, said Patricia Powell, program director.

“These students receive tutoring, counseling, and remedial instruction in order to achieve their goals of college completion,” she said. “It’s about persistence, retention, completion, and transferring if that is their goal. Student Support Services provides the resources they need to be successful.”

Other  TRIO programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Education Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

TRIO services include assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying for college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic support.

For more information about the TRIO services offered at LBWCC, contact Anderson at 334-881-2247 or banderson@lbwcc.edu<mailto:banderson@lbwcc.edu>, or Powell at 334-881-2240 or ppowell@lbwcc.edu<mailto:ppowell@lbwcc.edu>.



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