"To advance and promote educational assistance, college access, and cultural enrichment to low-income and first-generation students."

Iowa Lakes Community College is proud to host three federally funded TRIO programs. These programs are designed to provide the skills and motivation necessary for success in higher education.

TRIO programs available at Iowa Lakes include Talent Search, TRIO-SSS, and Upward Bound. 

What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs).

While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Contact Information

Trudy Ahrens
Director of TRIO Programs
3200 College Drive.
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536


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