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Sandburg TRIO SSS Celebrating National TRIO Day Feb. 25

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Feb. 16, 2017
GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program will celebrate TRIO Week from Feb. 20-26 and join other colleges nationwide in observing National TRIO Day on Feb. 25.

Celebrated each year on the last Saturday of February, National TRIO Day brings awareness to the importance of educational opportunity for disadvantaged students throughout the country. Throughout the week, Sandburg TRIO SSS students will write thank-you cards to College faculty and staff members who have been especially supportive and instrumental in their academic and personal success. They’ll also take photos with written messages about why they love being a part of TRIO.

As part of National TRIO Day, Sandburg TRIO SSS students will volunteer at the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen from 4:45-7:45 p.m. Feb. 23 at Central Congregational Church in Galesburg. They’ll then attend a National TRIO Day Conference on Feb. 25 at Chicago State University. The conference will empower students to reach their full potential while focusing on college readiness, student leadership and engagement and career development.

Sandburg’s TRIO SSS program is funded through a federal grant and serves 140 students annually. TRIO SSS is designed to help students stay in school, graduate from the College and transfer to a four-year college or university. Sandburg has served more than 1,000 students through its TRIO SSS program since it first hosted a grant in 1997.

To be eligible for TRIO SSS, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be a first-generation college student (neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree), meet federal income guidelines and be enrolled in a transfer program.

For more information about Sandburg’s TRIO SSS program, contact program director Autumn Scott at 309.341.5462 or or visit