History of Federal TRIO Programs

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to Lyndon B. Johnson's 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.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Act Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science.  Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Adopted from The US Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education website.

History of TRIO/SSS at Los Angeles City College

LACC received its first Department of Education grant award to establish TRIO/SSS at the college in the 1997-1998 academic year. The grant has been consecutively renewed every five-year cycle since that time. TRIO/SSS is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the renewal of the grant for five years which will extend the program to August 31, 2020!  First and foremost, this exciting news would not have been possible without the outstanding outcomes TRIO/SSS students have achieved. In addition, we want to thank all of our campus and community partners, particularly, President Renee Martinez, the LACC Management Team and Staff and Faculty of the Student Services Division who assisted us in one way or another during the grant renewal process.