TRIO programs are 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.
The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established Upward Bound, then in 1965 Talent Search, and Student Support Services in 1968. Since then, the original programs (TRIO) have grown to nine other programs. Currently, North Central Missouri College (NCMC) hosts three of these programs; UB, SSS and Talent Search.
All services are FREE for students who participate in a TRIO program.
Upward Bound (UB)
Established at NCMC in 1999. The purpose of UB is to increase the rate at which UB participants will complete secondary education and enroll and complete a program of postsecondary education. >>
Student Support Services (SSS)
Established at NCMC in 2001. The purpose of SSS is to provide opportunities and to assist participants toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. >>
Established at NCMC in 2022, serving the Saint Joseph, MO school district. Assisting participants in grades 6th through 12th towards the successful completion of their secondary & postsecondary education. >>
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
Hours of Operation
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday
Select dates for closing can be found on our Academic Calendar
TRIO Director- SSS & UB
TRIO Admin. Assistant- SSS & UB
Talent Search Director- St. Joseph/HTC location