UACCB hosting state TRIO Day March 11

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s TRIO Student Support Services program is hosting the state’s TRIO Day celebration beginning at 10 a.m. March 11 on campus. Late registrations are still being accepted.

The event is held every spring as an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact of federal TRIO programs in communities throughout the nation. Federal TRIO programs are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Often these students are low-income, first-generation college students.

A community service project is part of the event each year. This year Arkansas TRIO programs will support the efforts of Family Violence Prevention Inc. by contributing to the organization’s Purse Project. Participants are asked to donate gently used purses and bags as well as toiletry and comfort items that a woman might keep in a purse such as tissues, hand sanitizer, mints, gum, small brushes and lip gloss.

Representative James Sturch will present the keynote address. Graduates from UACCB’s TRIO Student Support Services program will share how TRIO SSS has contributed to their success. Eligible participants will be able to sign up for the Coins for College Scholarship, and the TRIO Hall of Fame Award will be presented. Michelle Ciesielski, president of the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs, will be a guest speaker and will present a proclamation signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The day will conclude with campus tours of both UACCB and Lyon College. Lunch will be provided to participants.

TRIO programs have provided supportive services to students for over 50 years. Services include assistance in choosing a college, tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling and assistance in applying to college along with many more. Today more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 820,000 young people and adults.

For more information or to register, contact Dorianne Dias at or 870-612-2140.