A first-generation college student is one whose parent or legal guardian has not completed a bachelor’s degree, thus making them the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
Catherine Estis, TRiO executive director, and the TRiO staff know the challenges facing first-generation students.
The TRiO programs provides opportunities for academic development, helps students meet basic college requirements and serves to motivate students toward completion of their bachelor’s degree.
ULM faculty, staff and students were invited to tour the TRiO SSS, one of eight TRiO programs, office in Strauss 206 on Nov. 8 and learn about the services offered. The event aimed to broaden the knowledge of TRiO programs, increase the exposure of first-generation campus constituents and to reinforce the commitment of faculty and staff to support first-generation students.
TRiO SSS is fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education to assist first-generation, income-eligible students to remain in good academic standing and graduate from college.