TRiO UB

August 3, 2020

Kishwaukee College’s TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) and TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) supported 212 students during the 2019-2020 academic year. Both programs help first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities reach academic and college success.

“Upward Bound continues to provide college preparation and academic assistance to help bridge the gap for low-income and first-generation students at DeKalb High School,” comments director of TRIO UB Tashena Briggs.  “We also expose students to new cultural activities and college experiences to expand their perception of the world and what they can do with their lives.”

During the 2019-2020 academic year, TRIO UB provided college preparation support to 61 DeKalb High School students. Of the 14 seniors, 6 students are planning to attend Kish and 6 students will be attending other colleges for fall 2020.

TRIO SSS offers a variety of resources and services to help eligible Kish students overcome barriers and ensure a successful college experience. “Our holistic support approach had a powerful impact on the success rates of our students as we finished up a very productive year,” stated director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise. “We look forward to a new school year, continuing to expand our services to help students remotely during the fall semester.”

The program provided tutoring support, college visits, cultural trips, career exploration and personalized advising to 151 Kish students this year. The Annual Performance Report for the program demonstrated that 58% of the first cohort to join the program graduated, exceeding the grant requirements of 30%.  Of those graduates, 23% transferred to a four-year college.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, both TRIO programs have reinvented themselves in a creative way, while navigating a remote working environment,” says director of student success, Dariana Lee. “I am confident that we will continue to see great things with TRIO as they adjust to changes, while still serving the community needs for higher education.”

For more information on TRIO Programs at Kish, visit www.kish.edu/triosss or www.kish.edu/trioub

Categories: TRiO SSS, TRiO UB
November 6, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) and TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) programs will host a First Generation Student Celebration on November 14 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Student Lounge C1130 on campus. The event is part of a nationwide campaign to celebrate the success of first generation students and increase awareness about the services and resources available to them. A student panel and guest speaker Rapheal Mathis are part of the planned activities for November 14. The event is free and open to the public.

First generation refers to students whose parents did not earn a bachelor’s degree. Both programs help first generation students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities reach academic and college success. TRIO UB works with eligible DeKalb High School students in their preparation for college entrance and completion. TRIO SSS offers a variety of resources and services to help eligible Kish students overcome barriers and ensure a successful college experience.

The first two hours of the First Generation Student Celebration are networking and photo opportunities for TRIO students. At noon, TRIO SSS participants will be on a student panel where guests can learn more about the unique challenges and experiences of first generation students.

Spoken word artist and motivational speaker Rapheal Mathis will present at 12:30 pm. Mathis has been a spoken word artist for 10 years. He won first-in-state at Poetry Out Loud and placed ninth in the country while in high school. During his time at Lake Forest College, he founded Poets Igniting Change. Mathis is on a personal mission to help others discover their passions and realize their potential through spoken word.

“Being the first in your family to attend college can make a student feel out of place. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or struggle to fit in,” said Tashena Briggs, director of TRIO UB. “We want students to know they are not alone. There are resources available and people all around Kish campus who are rooting for them.”

Nearly sixty percent of Kish’s current student body is first generation. In the 2018-2019 academic year, TRIO UB and TRIO SSS supported 213 students.

For more information about the First Generation Student Celebration, contact director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise at kwise@kish.edu.

Categories: TRiO SSS, TRiO UB
July 31, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) and TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) supported 213 students during the 2018-2019 academic year. Both programs help first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities reach academic and college success.

“Upward Bound provides academic preparation to help build mastery and confidence in subject areas. The program also develops life skills such as time and money management,” comments director of TRIO UB Tashena Briggs. “We also expose students to new cultural activities and college experiences. It helps expand their perception of what the world is and what they can do with their lives.” The program works with eligible DeKalb High School students in their preparation for college entrance and completion. Throughout the year, the program provided support to 68 DeKalb High School students, 13 of which were seniors who recently graduated. Of the 13 graduates, 8 students will be attending Kish and 4 will attend other colleges.

The program received a STEM Supplemental Award this year. The grant aims to expose high school students to new and interesting STEM experiences. As part of the grant, the College collaborated with NIU for a hands-on chemistry activity and a community service-learning project. Currently, TRIO UB’s 6-week summer program is underway. Participants are taking non-credit classes and specialty workshops in resume building, email etiquette, career exploration, stress management and job interviewing. 

TRIO SSS offers a variety of resources and services to help eligible students overcome barriers and ensure a successful college experience. “Our holistic support approach has a powerful impact on the success rates of our students,” stated director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise. The program provided tutoring support, college visits, cultural trips, career exploration and personalized advising to 145 Kish students this year. Of the participating students, 41 graduated this year. Of those, 33 have been accepted to 4-year institutions, 5 served as officers for the National Society of Leadership and Success, 7 participated in Phi Theta Kappa, and 3 were recognized at the annual Academic Student Awards & Recognition Ceremony.

The program helps students navigate college processes such as applying for financial aid or preparing for transfer along with offering academic support. Three new mentoring groups were implemented this year. TRIO SSS hosted their Second Annual First Generation Student Celebration with guest speaker Jahquan Hawkins, author of Finding My Way: A Practical Guide to College Success and dean of student services at Oakland Community College in Michigan.

“The TRIO programs are both an important addition to Kishwaukee College,” says vice president of student services Michelle Rothmeyer. “Though they have two distinct missions, both programs have had positive impact on our College and strengthened our partnership with DeKalb High School. TRIO will continue to serve area students, encouraging them to go to college and helping them complete their degree.” 

For more information on TRIO Student Support Services, visit www.kish.edu/triosss or contact director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise at kwise@kish.edu or 815-825-2950.

For more information on TRIO Upward Bound, visit www.kish.edu/trioub or contact director of TRIO UB Tashena Briggs at tbriggs@kish.edu or 815-825-9437. 

Categories: TRiO SSS, TRiO UB
November 13, 2018
Photo caption: Kishwaukee College celebrated First Generation Students Day on Thursday, November 8. The event was sponsored by TRiO SSS with Student Activities and TRiO Upward Bound. Pictured is TRiO Upward Bound student, Uriah Hegwood of DeKalb, and guest speaker, Jahquan Hawkins. Hawkins is the author of "Finding My Way," a book about navigating through college successfully; he spoke at the event from 11:30-12:30 pm in the Kish Cafe on campus. The event was attended by Kish students and staff as well as DeKalb High School students in the TRiO Upward Bound program.
Categories: TRiO UB, Students
November 10, 2017

The event included remarks by representatives from both participating educational institutions. Mr. James Horne, Principal of DHS, welcomed attendees who then learned more about the program from Mr. Jamie Craven, Superintendent of Schools for DeKalb CUSD #428; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Tashena Briggs, Director of TRiO Upward Bound at Kishwaukee College; Keith Wise, Director of TRiO Student Support Services at Kishwaukee College and former TRiO Upward Bound participant; Illinois State Representative Bob Pritchard and DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith.

Dr. Borowicz stated, “The College is proud to partner with DeKalb High School to offer the TRiO Upward Bound program. We look forward to helping support 60 students annually on a path to success while in high school and beyond.”

The event included presentation of the check representing the $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The TRiO Upward Bound grant will provide funding to assist 60 DHS students to become college-ready each year over the five-year length of the grant.

Activities and services offered to participating DHS students through the Kishwaukee College Upward Bound Program will include academic advising, tutoring, college planning, financial literacy, career planning, cultural enrichment, leadership development, mentoring and wellness services. In addition, there will be academic instruction opportunities in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages to provide a solid academic foundation. There will also be a Summer Component with instruction in the core curriculum.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in DeKalb High School, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of post-secondary education. All students must meet financial eligibility guidelines, be first-generation college students or students who are at high risk for academic failure.

Tashena Briggs noted, “I am thrilled to have this partnership with DHS to serve 60 of their students. Getting high school students college ready is extremely important and the Upward Bound Staff is excited to start the recruiting process!”

For more information on the TRiO Upward Bound Program, contact Tashena Briggs, Director, at tbriggs@kish.edu or 815-825-9437.


Pictured with the check for $1.3 million that will be used to support 60 DHS students each year for the next five years as they prepare for college are L to R: Jerry Smith, Mayor of DeKalb; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Tashena Briggs, Director of the TRiO Upward Bound Program; James Horne, Principal of DeKalb High School; Rep. Bob Pritchard; and Jamie Craven, Superintendent of DeKalb CUSD #428.

Categories: TRiO UB