Program History & Description

The Upward Bound Program emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty.  In 1965, the Educational Talent Search Program was created as part of the Higher Education Act.  Then in 1968, the Special Services for Disadvantaged Students Program was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments.  The program name was later changed to the Student Support Services Program.

By the end of the 1960's, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe the federal programs mentioned above.  Over the years, the TRiO Programs have been modified and improved to provide a wide range of services to a wider range of students.

The TRiO/Student Support Services Program at COS is a college enrichment program funded through the Federal TRiO Grant by the U.S. Department of Education.  It is designed to assist low-income and/or first-generation college students in meeting college requirements by providing them with opportunities for academic development.

The program also provides participants with an array of academic services to help generate the skills and motivation needed in order for them to successfully complete their post-secondary education. 


Questions?  Please email / or call (559) 737-5403

Last Updated: 10/21/2011 4:01 PM