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WKU TRIO hosts pre-college event for high school juniors

Students from schools in Allen County, Butler County, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Hart County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Pulaski County and Warren County came to WKU for a pre-college experience on March 16.

WKU TRIO Programs hosted a pre-college event for area high school juniors on March 16. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

WKU TRIO Programs hosted a pre-college event for area high school juniors on March 16. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

WKU TRIO Programs hosted the event for high school junior participants in Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound. Students heard presentations from admission counselors and recruiters from several Kentucky and Tennessee colleges, including Austin Peay State University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Nossi College of Art, SKYCTC, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and WKU.

Students were able to speak one-on-one with college representatives, and then enjoy the sunny weather on campus tours led by the WKU Spirit Masters. Mary Bokkon, Student Services Coordinator from WKU Student Support Services, gave a presentation about the opportunity for students to continue their TRIO experience in college through SSS at WKU. Bokkon also spoke about SSS programs at other Kentucky colleges and their vital role in student success.

TRIO programs target student populations that are under-represented in postsecondary education. “Our goal is to provide these students with the tools necessary to be successful in high school and at the collegiate level by providing them with unique experiences and opportunities. Events like this solidify their desire to go to college and plan for their future,” said Brian Brausch, an Academic Coordinator with Educational Talent Search and organizer for the March event.

This is the third time WKU TRIO Programs has hosted this event for their participants and students appreciate the chance to talk with recruiters. “I really connected with the representatives,” said BGHS junior Brandon Johnson, “and I learned about scholarships that I didn’t know about before.”

In April, WKU TRIO programs will sponsor a summit for senior TRIO participants that will include information from WKU students, professors and academic support programs available on campus.

TRIO is a federally funded program that identifies and assists qualified students in middle school, high school, as well as adult and veteran learners in college enrollment. These programs are free to all participants. For information, contact the program office in Jones-Jaggers Hall on WKU’s campus at (270) 745-4400 or visit www.wku.edu/trio

Contact: Rebecca Smith, (270) 745-4948 or rebecca.smith@wku.edu

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