YVC Celebrates College Access

Yakima, WA – Students from Yakima Valley College’s TRIO Student Support Services & Upward Bound will participate in the 2020 National TRIO Day of Service on Saturday, February 22, 2020 to express appreciation to the community for its support of the TRIO programs. Local TRIO Programs in the State of Washington developed the conference and will host over 100 students this year at Yakima Valley College. For millions of students from low-income households who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs from TRIO are making a world of difference.

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO programs have been providing valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families to successfully enter college and graduate for over 50 years.

The TRIO Day Conference at Yakima Valley College is a collaborative effort from various TRIO programs in the state. Directors and staff from the following programs have been working hard to develop a leadership and community service conference for both high school and college students.

  • Yakima Valley College, SSS & Upward Bound
  • ASYVC, Student Government
  • University of Washington, Talent Search
  • Central Washington University, McNair, EOC, SSS
  • Heritage University, SSS

Students that attend will be able to engage in workshops, network with other TRIO students and work collaboratively with YWCA to assist in much needed hygiene packs for the Yakima Valley community. Each TRIO program is unique and serves different populations. We encourage you to learn more about the various TRIO programs and their missions  All TRIO programs are funded by the United States Department of Education.

TRIO services include (depending on program): assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic support in high school or assistance to re-enter high school.

Today more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve more than 800,000 young people and adults. TRIO serves students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Currently, 34% of TRIO students are White, 33% are African-American, 21% are Hispanic, 4% are Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% are American Indian, and 1% are listed as “other,” including multiracial students.

For more information about YVC’s TRIO Services or contact Dustin Shattuck at 509.574.4960 / dshattuck@yvcc.edu.

Press Release Contacts:
Jay Frank / 509.574.6870 / jfrank@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu