Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP: Massachusetts at Middlesex Community College

Brief History of TRiO

The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstances. TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Middlesex Community College's Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP: Massachusetts includes 4 college access programs funded by the United States Department of Education. Our programs serve over 1,500 students annually throughout the Lowell Public Schools, fostering a college-going climate by providing academic enrichment, college field trips, summer programs, and one-on-one college and financial aid advising to under-served and potential first generation college students.

Pre-Collegiate TRiO and GEAR UP: Massachusetts Programs

TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Educational Talent Search's purpose is to expose students to higher education opportunities and to provide information and assistance with the college process, including financial aid and scholarships, PSAT, SAT, and TOEFL tests. ETS is an academic year student support program with major emphasis in academic advising, college visits, life skills, test taking skills and college prep workshops. Additionally, Educational Talent Search provides summer programming for students enrolled in the program.

TRiO Upward Bound (UB)

Upward Bound's purpose is to prepare students academically to enter programs of higher education. UB is a carefully planned intensive program of college preparation. It is a semester-based credited academic program with a rigorous 6-week academic summer component tailored to meet the specialized needs of students in grades 9-12.

TRiO Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

The primary objective for this federally funded program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, and to assist students in preparing for a post-secondary education in fields of math and science. The program serves students in grades 9-12 currently attending Lowell High School. Students are encouraged to attend a 6-week summer program along with regular Upward Bound students.

GEAR UP: Massachusetts (GU)

GEAR UP's purpose is to increase the number of students graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. The program works in close collaboration with their target schools to offer its students the resources needed to achieve academic success and exposure to higher education opportunities.

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Last Modified: 9/12/23