TRiO Programs

Student Support Services
Upward Bound

TRiO is about Outreach and Opportunity! Emerging from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, TRiO began with Upward Bound, a program preparing 9th through 12th graders for college. In 1965, as part of the Higher Education Act, the second outreach program, Educational Talent Search, was created to serve students in the 6th through 12th grades. New Mexico Junior College was fortunate enough to have an Educational Talent Search Program from 1998 to 2011. In 1968, Student Support Services became the third in this series of educational opportunity programs, helping college students achieve their educational goals. The term TRiO was coined to describe these federally funded programs, all of which offer services and support to low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.