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March 20, 2012

DWU participates in TRiO Day at State Captiol

MITCHELL – South Dakota TRiO professionals and students from across the state met at the capitol in Pierre Feb. 23 to promote awareness of federal TRiO programs.

TRiO programs serve students in junior high through graduate school. These programs were developed to improve the college retention and graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income or students with disabilities. Dakota Wesleyan University is one of seven state institutions that host at least one TRiO program. DWU offers qualifying students peer tutoring, writing center assistance, peer mentoring, academic planning, career and graduate school planning, educational workshops and more and served 162  students last year.

TRiO is a unique organization because professionals and students alike need to advocate for themselves, their programs, and fellow participants across the United States to ensure funding. Staff and students from DWU joined other TRiO professionals and participants from Northern State University, Black Hills State University, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University as they advocated for their programs and educated state legislators. TRiO participants also had a chance to share their stories with Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Secretary of Education Melody Schopp at a luncheon.

TRIO programs in South Dakota:

  • Serve a total of 2,515 low-income, first-generation and disabled students in South Dakota
  • Provide $3.6 million in federal grant funding annually for South Dakota students
  • Provide jobs for 50 education professionals in the state
  • There are 12 federal programs in the state located at: SDSU, USD, DWU, BHSU, NSU, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, and Oglala Lakota College
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