Texas TRIO Association
North Lake College
University of North Texas
Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science
Texas A&M Commerce
Student Support Services
Garry "Smitty" Grubbs
"Upward Bound was influential in determining my future. I was grateful to graduate from Stephen F. Austin in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. In January 2012, I found my love for special needs students and began my teaching career in Special Education in Mesquite ISD. In 2014, my life changed when I was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was teaching and battling cancer full time. January 23, 2015, I found out I was cancer free. Even though I still have side effects that I'm dealing with, I never lost my smile."
"When I think about what TRIO did for me, I am reminded of the support the people of the program provided me along away and the lasting relationships I build there."
TRIO programs exposed me to people of different backgrounds and cultures helping me understand what university would truly be like once I got there. This was very impactful to me because it taught me a life lesson that has struck with me since that time: reaching people and building relationships isn't about that people think, but how people think."
"I was part of the Upward Bound program at Texas A&M University led by Ms. Victoria Reed while in high school. The butterfly effect it had in my life continues to this day though I did not realize it as it transpired. I entered the program as an introverted, but studious lower classan. After some years of consistent guidance and the patience of a renaissance painter, I emerged with a clearer focus, improved organizational skills, and a desire to share my talents with the world."
"In the spring of 2003, I was a junior struggling with out a purpose or faint idea of what I was going to be when I "grew up." In a short period of time, my teacher turned on a light inside of me and made me believe in myself again. She helped me become the man I am today and the moment I stepped on a college campus, I knew I would not be happy until I had a classroom of my own.
My experiences as an AVID District Director and Assistant Principle, and the challenges associated with directing such a unique group of students and parents prepared me for administration in numerous ways."