Black Hills State University will be holding an open house Thursday for National TRiO Day – a day aimed at increasing awareness of programs that help disadvantaged students achieve college education. 

The open house, sponsored by Student Support Services, is from 10-11:30 a.m. in Woodburn Hall 107 on the BHSU campus.

According to the 1986 Congressional resolution, National TRiO Day is meant to focus the nation’s “attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.”

TRiO is a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree and on a better career path. More than 790,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities – from sixth grade through adulthood – are served by more than 2,800 programs nationally.

Unlike student financial aid programs which only help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRiO programs also provide valuable supportive services to students, veterans, and adult learners from poor and working families to help them overcome cultural and social barriers and successfully enter college and graduate.