Houlton Region

Houlton Higher Education Center hosts TRIO open house

HOULTON, Maine – The Houlton Higher Education Center hosted an open house for its TRIO program on Dec. 8 at its 18 Military St. location.

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

The Houlton Higher Education Center hosted an open house for its TRIO program on Dec. 8 at its 18 Military St. location. 
(Courtesy of Cory Ardell)

Featuring services available at Houlton Higher Education Center, UMPI’s only off campus location. HHEC staff help improve educational opportunities for citizens  including in-person and on-line courses and offer support services for those seeking an  associates or bachelor degree. 

Maine Educational Opportunity Center (UM) targets services to adults who want to  explore career options and continue their education beyond high school. 

Talent Search (UM and UMPI) targets services to students in the sixth-12th grade in specific  schools across the state (all schools in Aroostook County) to help graduate from high  school and find the appropriate college. 

Upward Bound (UMPI) targets services to students in 9-12 grades and is specific for target  schools to explore college options and includes a six week on-campus experience at the  University of Maine Presque Isle. 

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