What Does TRIO Stand For?
Thomas University participates in three federal programs geared to help future college students (middle school and high school students) as well as current TU students to succeed. TRIO is our nation's commitment to the dream of education for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstances. It is funded by the U. S. Department of Education.
Student Support Services, the program for existing students, helps eligible students find tools and resources to stay in college and earn their baccalaureate degrees.
Go to Student Support Services under Offices and Services to learn more about SSS.
For pre-college students
The other two programs that comprise this trilogy of federal programs serve the pre-college student. They are Educational Talent Search and Gear Up.
To better serve this population, TU opened an office off campus in downtown Thomasville.
Educational Talent Search (ETS) is an enrichment program for middle school and high school students. The program provides services to 600 students in several southern Georgia school districts. These are: Grady, Decatur, Mitchell-Baker, Thomasville City, Brooks and Valdosta City Schools. The program provides services such as after-school tutorials, workshops, college tours and cultural enrichment activities.
GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The GEAR UP program serves a cohort of students who attend middle and high school in the Thomasville City School System, specifically students who are in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to study hard, stay in school, and enter into a postsecondary institution and graduate. This is accomplished via school tutorials, field trips, workshops, in-school activities and the provision of professional development activities for GEAR UP teachers.
The program also partners with individuals and organizations in southern Georgia in order to accomplish program goals. Program partners are the Thomasville Community Resource Center, Communities In Schools, The Heritage Foundation, the Thomasville Cultural Center and of course Thomasville City Schools and Thomas University.
For more information on Educational Talent Search and Gear UP please contact Melanie Martin at 226-1621, ext. 231.