Welcome from our TX-TRIO President, Al Bacon!
My name is Al Bacon, President of the Texas TRIO Association also known as Texas TRIO. On behalf of the Executive Board, I welcome you to the association’s webpage where you will find various resources and information available to you at the click of your mouse. This site is designed to provide you resources, information, and highlights of the successes of our member programs and their students.
The association is the representative body for TRIO professionals from multiple colleges, universities, and agencies across the Texas that host federally funded TRIO educational opportunity programs. Our vision is to support, create, develop, improve, and extend the opportunities for every TRIO participant to assist them with obtaining a postsecondary education. As a member of Texas TRIO, you will find a connected community that involves best practices, training, and networking opportunities that will benefit low income, first generation, and disabled student populations.
It is an exciting time for our association. As part of a national initiative to brand TRIO programs in our states and local communities, the association recently change its name to Texas TRIO Association. This is very important for our state being the second largest host of TRIO projects. It reflects the remarkable legacy of Texas, which is greatly respected in the national TRIO community.
We are proud to be a member of the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) and flagship state association for our national advocates at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). As members of the TRIO community, we work collaboratively to advocate for the programs and their students. This advocacy has been instrumental as the U.S. Congress has recently approved the omnibus appropriation that guarantees a $60 million dollars funding increase for Federal TRIO programs for a total appropriation of $1.01 billion. This is a landmark accomplishment resulting from the advocacy of the TRIO communities and our TRIO Alumni sharing their success stories of how TRIOWORKS.
This year my goals for our association are:
1. Continue the growth of our membership.
2. Create leadership opportunities through committees and special projects.
3. Support our TRIO Area Alliances to increase resources, advocacy, and networks.
4. Engage our alumni to participate in the association.
5. Increase our number of attendees for Policy Seminar 2019.
The Executive Board and I encourage you to contact us with suggestions on how we can work toward meeting the mission and vision of our great association. If you have an interest in serving in any leadership opportunities or want to serve on a committee, please feel free to contact me. An association that thrives is reflection of the membership. I am honored and privileged to serve as you President. The Executive Board and the Association look forward to working with you. Together we will show that TRIO WORKS IN TEXAS!