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TRIO-SSS Success Stories

Lindsey Beutler

Lindsey Beutler

Program: Medical Assistant

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I am excited and nervous. I have worked really had to get to where I am now. It has taken me a few years to complete my schooling but it has meant so much. As a mother, wife, and working two jobs getting to this point is so rewarding. If you really work hard at something you can accomplish it. I am excited to see where I can go from here. I may be coming back to earn another degree soon.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Yes, I think this program has been great. I haven't gone on any of the trips and what not but I know if I have any questions or help with anything they have always been there to help.


Tori Boynton

Tori Boynton

Program: Liberal Studies

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I can't believe I've made it this far. This journey has been very empowering because of the many obstacles I have overcome. I was at a very low point my life and trying to get back on my feet by doing something that would better my future. I feel accomplished that I have almost met my goal I set for myself. By reaching my goal I have felt even more empowered to go further in my degree.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

The TRIO program has been a lifesaver in that they were there every step of the way when I needed encouragement or extra support. I liked how they make you feel like family and you know you can always count on them to help when you need it.

Future Plans:Transfer to CMU

Tara Brown

Tara Brown

Program: Liberal Studies

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I got over several obstacles. Like homelessness.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Yes I have. I appreciate all the help and support.

Future Plans:Transfer to CMU to become a teacher.





Devin Daniels

Devin Daniels

Program: Graphic Design

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

After getting out of the military I didn’t know how well I was going to be able to transition into the civilian world especially college. But surprisingly the staff here at Mid really made it a smooth and easy experience . The professors here understand that we are all separate individuals who have different ways to learn and they Truly strive to make it as simple and easy to understand as they can. I will cherish all the friends and connections I have made here at Mid. My ways on how to succeed at Mid are
1. Do homework when it’s assigned
2. Join all the clubs you can, they can help
3. Develop a caffeine addiction to help fuel your hatred when you don’t do number 1 of this guide and you have one day to write a 10 page paper

Follow this guide and you’ll succeed to!

Future Plans: My plans are to continue my education to a higher learning establishment, I completed my first degree now I’m on my way to completing my second at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. I’m excited to be moving forward and getting this summer for a break..

Tammy Gingery

Tammy Gingery

Program: Math-Science Transfer

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I think Mid has been an incredibly caring and compassionate college to begin at career with. The teachers have set a high precedence for student engagement and passion for their teaching that I have now come to expect from a higher learning educational system and refuse to settle for less. I'm glad I had the opportunity to go to another university and had early recognition that it was not the learning experience that I require for active learning. Finishing this semester at Mid has provided me the time to search for a university that meet those needs and has the qualities of caring and passion that Mid has provided me. I feel confident now in believing that the University that I've chosen can provide that for me and I can continue to have a quality learning experience.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

I’ve been with TRIO since the first of this year. I think it’s great that TRIO provides us with learning opportunities, cultural activities, and more in-depth programs for possible career option than we would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive.

Future Plans: Continue my completion of pre-med requirements and finish my bachelor’s degree in biology

Tammy Heuker

Tammy Heuker

Program: Nursing

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

This past 4 years have been a process of learning not only my studies but more importantly about myself. I joined trio for the support and I learned that being a student at Mid means that I had many students encouraging me along the way. We are all struggling for a better life and are willing to lift each other up. I'm excited for the future and a little scared to make the next jump to the working world.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

The trio program offers lots of help and encouragement. Theresa excels at what she does. I'm always confident that her advice is sound and in my best interest.

Future Plans: A job as an RN and an RN to BSN program

Danny Mack

Danny Mack

Program: Liberal Studies

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

It's been a trying journey with many obstacles, road blocks and trials. However, I have never given up, and I am glad I have that will inside, because as I approach graduation I am proud of who I've become. This journey has meant everything to me, for it solidified that no matter what life throws at me, I can accept the good, overcome the bad, rise above the struggle and achieve success.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Trio has been wonderful, I've met wonderful people and have had access to tutors, and great guidance.

Kevin McBride

Kevin McBride

Program: Computer Information Systems

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I have learned how to overcome exam anxiety. I’m very happy to be graduating and I hope to attain a job in my career field as soon as possible, and I have no regrets of my career choice.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Yes, I benefited a great deal! The trips and events were always insightful and entertaining. The advising that the Trio staff provided helped me understand what classes to take, and never failed me once.

Future Plans:To work in Information Technology

Jasmine Pierson

Jasmine Pierson

Program: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I’m really excited & relieved to finally be done with school! It’s both rewarding & a stress reliever because this program was so intense and it was difficult to get through.

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Yes I’ve been very grateful to have received support from this program from others/mentors. I’m also very grateful that they’ve helped fund my summer classes because it gets very expensive and this program required 2 semesters of summer classes.




G’ontae Pritchett

G’ontae Pritchett

Program: Business Studies

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I am ecstatic about my upcoming graduation. It has been a long anticipating moment I have been waiting for since I graduated high school being able to take my education to the next level leading by example. Completing college showed me that anything is attainable or possible if you set your mind to it with faith and patience. This journey means everything to me, I owe it to my family and everyone who come before me that didn't make it to or through college. I also plan to transfer to another institution to pursue my Bachelor's degree. Knowledge is power!

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

The TRIO program helped me find my niche here at Mid-Michigan College, it also molded me into a better student academically.

Future Plans:To transfer to another institution and pursue my Bachelor's degree. Knowledge is power! You can never stop learning, that is what life is all about living and learning.

Michala Stocker

Michala Stocker

Program: Liberal Studies

Please share any thoughts you may have about your graduation:

I’m unsure of the next stepping stones of my career but I’m proud to reach this milestone

How have you benefited from being in the TRIO program?

Teresa has made me feel important instead of just another student in the masses. She took interest and helped me figured out this last semester. I would have attended another semester.

Future Plans: Hopefully find a substitute teaching position and attend CMU in the fall




Council for Opportunity in Education gives first-ever Family Achievement Award to Davis Family

Upward Bound program helped launch four sisters, including actress Viola Davis
TRIO National Awardees

The non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education bestowed its first-ever TRIO Family Achievement Award to the four Davis sisters and their mother, Mae Alice Davis, at its Annual Conference, September 15, in New York City. COE chose the Davis family as an inspiring example of how federal educational support lifts up not only low-income and first generation individuals, but entire families.

The four Davis sisters entered the college preparation program Upward Bound while attending public school in Central Falls, R.I. during the 1970s and 1980s. Several of the sisters went on to participate in Student Support Services as well. Both Upward Bound and Student Support Services are part of the federal TRIO programs, which provides access and supportive services to students from low-income families whose parents often have no college degree. All the Davis siblings went on to attend college.

Internationally-known actress and producer Viola Davis has won an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy for acting. Dianne Davis Wright is a career civil servant of more than 35 years who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture office of the assistant secretary for Civil Rights. Deloris Davis Grant, who has been an educator for more than 20 years, teaches drama and English at Central Falls High School, the same school from which she and her sisters graduated. Anita Davis, who attended school for business, has recently returned to college to earn a degree in social work. Mae Alice Davis, the Davis sisters' mother, is a proud matriarch of six children and 13 grandchildren.

"The success of the Davis sisters is a prime example of why federal support for education is an investment that strengthens families and communities," said Maureen Hoyler, President and CEO of the Council. "When one sibling enrolls in a program like Upward Bound and goes onto college, frequently younger brothers and sisters, and even parents, follow. Everyone benefits — especially our country. That's why we are so thrilled to present this award to the Davis family. They are an inspiration." See the original story...

 
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