About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the TRIO Programs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT) is to align itself with the goals and strategies associated with university’s vision of Preeminence 2020. TRIO Programs at NCAT will provide our students with an academic pipeline that embodies and includes opportunities for learning, excellence, integrity, respect, creativity, engagement and service. 

Purpose of TRIO Programs

The main purpose of the TRIO Programs will be to provide our Low Income, First Generation Students with unlimited opportunities on their journey regarding their academic, personal, economic and social goals. Our Upward Bound Program provides pre-college services, from Guilford County, to 128 high school students. Our Student Support Services Program provides a number of Academic support services to 206 eligible college students here at North Carolina A&T State University. Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. The Educational Talent Search Program provides service to 500 individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, from Alamance County, who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education.

History of TRIO Programs

The term "TRIO" was coined in the late 1960s to describe three federally-funded educational opportunity outreach programs. The three original TRIO programs included Upward Bound (the oldest of the programs), which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty; Educational Talent Search, which was created as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965; and Student Support Services, which was included in the Higher Education Amendments of 1968.

Since the development of the three original TRIO programs, three additional programs have been added. Educational Opportunity Centers were authorized as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Training programs for federal TRIO programs are known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel were authorized as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1976. The sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program, was part of the Amendments of 1986.

Additionally, in 1990, the Upward Bound Math/Science program was created to address the specific need for instruction in the fields of math and science. This program is part of and administered under the same regulations as the classic Upward Bound program as is the Veteran's Upward Bound program, a program designed specifically for veterans.