Posted: Feb 23, 2013 4:56 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
Updated: Feb 23, 2013 8:49 PM
HELENA - Students from Butte, Deer Lodge, Anaconda and Helena convened at the Capitol for National TRiO Day, which aims to help at-risk students achieve a college education.
The United Stated Congress deemed the last Saturday in February as National Trio Day, a day that would put focus on disadvantaged students that are trying to improve their lives by graduating and obtaining higher education.
TRiO programs in Montana are in place at many colleges across the state. They provide support students from sixth grade, all the way through doctoral degrees.
"For the students that don't have that opportunity, because TRiO in general only serves 6 percent of the population, so there's a huge percent of the population that don't get TRiO services, and they don't have those support systems in place,"said Ruth Anne Shope, the assistant director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech in Butte, which hosts the school's TRiO program.
The National TRiO program has two stipulations for eligibility: Students must be first generation college students, meaning their parents don't have a bachelor's degree or higher. Also, a student must be at 150-percent of poverty level.