TRiO is Education, Knowledge, Friendship & Community
TRiO is a federally funded grant program designed to give all students an equal chance to a quality education. TRiO evolved from the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is a group of nine programs, collectively known as TRiO, which helps students overcome environmental, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. Under the umbrella of TRiO there are programs for students beginning in high school and going through graduate school. Gulf Coast State College has two TRiO components: Student Support Services for college students and the Upward Bound program for high school students.
TRiO Office Staff: (Back row, left to right): Melissa Pinero, TRiO Director; Tony Pilot, Academic Coordinator; Robin Newberry, Project Coordinator; Glenda Wood, English Learning Manager. (Front row, left to right); Jeanie Naas, Administrative Assistant; Judy Bailey, Math Learning Manager; Kendra Kizziah, Counselor.