OCTC's TRiO Program Hosting Anniversary Event

Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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OWENSBORO, KY (02/26/2018) Owensboro Community and Technical College's TRIO Student Support Service (SSS) program is celebrating TRIO's National 50th Year Anniversary and National TRIO Day by hosting a "Why I Am First" event on OCTC's Main Campus on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center. To recognize this commonality on campus and in our community, current and previous OCTC students, faculty, staff, and community members will lead a panel discussion on how being a first-generation student was challenging. They will also relay strategies and tactics used to overcome barriers and persist for the ultimate goal of earning a college degree.

The national TRIO (SSS) is celebrating 50 years of supporting college students across the United States in achieving their academic goals. The TRIO SSS Program is a grant funded programs for colleges and universities, it has guided millions of students and their families in better understanding college preparation and educational processes and opportunities. The federal program, established in 1968 during the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, helped fulfill former President Lyndon B. Johnson's goal of seeing that, "no American talent is wasted" and to aid in the war against poverty.

OCTC is in the third year of working with the TRIO program. The grant currently funds three staff positions, Director - Becky Hodskins, Advisor - Lindsey Greer, and Assistant - Mary Bruner. The team works with more than 144 students annually. The grant supports students through on campus participation in events, tutoring, and specialized advising. Off campus activities include university tours, and cultural enrichment activities. To learn more about this event and/or the TRIO SSS program at OCTC, please contact Becky Hodskins, at becky.hodskins@kctcs.edu.


Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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