VCs KEY Center to celebrate half century of assistance programs

Pam Neuman

As part of the 50th anniversary of the TRiO programs, Victoria College’s KEY Center is hosting a back-to-school barbecue lunch for its current and former members and their families Saturday, Aug. 23. The lunch will be held from noon-2 p.m., at Grover’s Bend Pavilion at Riverside Park. The KEY Center at Victoria College is a Student Support Services TRiO program that serves 160 members.

On Aug. 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the federal TRiO programs under the War on Poverty initiatives. The term “TRiO” was coined to describe Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services, three federal educational opportunity programs.

TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to the U.S. Department of Education website. The programs assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to help them to overcome certain obstacles to obtain a college degree. The KEY Center has helped more than 2,000 students since its inception at Victoria College in 2001.

“This barbecue is the KEY Center's way of thanking all its members and family members who have written their own success stories over the years," said Pam Neuman, KEY Center director. “We would love to see our members, their families, and, hopefully, some of our past members as well. We will have food and games for the children.”

For more information about the KEY Center or the barbecue, call the KEY Center at (361) 582-2414

Published: Friday, 15 August 2014

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