A group of 15 Bluefield State College students, along with BSC Student Services personnel and administrators, took part in West Virginia's observance of "National TRIO Day," February 25. The trip was coordinated by former West Virginia Secretary of Education & the Arts Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, and included a tour of the Capitol, the Cultural Center, and the Governor's Mansion, where West Virginia's First Lady, Hovoa Underwood, greeted the BSC delegation.
"This was a wonderful experience for our students," BSC Student Support Services Director Kathy Epperly noted. "The opportunity to see the Capitol, to meet the First Lady, to walk the halls of the Legislature, and to see the legislative process in action made quite an impact upon them."
Students also attended a legislative session, where they received special recognition from the floor of the House of Delegates. BSC students taking part in the National TRIO Day observance included Sharon McBride, Linda Lanter, Tammera Cordle, Jamie Price, Dawn Hesters, Bill Smith, Roger Gunnoe, Ronald Dodson, Clarissa Daniel, Curran Jones, Bud Gordon, Joseph Rocchetti, Louis Rocchetti, and Randall Johnson.
TRIO programs were established under the Higher Education Act of 1965, for the purpose of ensuring educational opportunity for all students, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances.