College Access and Success Programs

The federal TRIO programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students. TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in the mid-1960s and grew from the first three, or original “TRIO,” of federally-funded programs to seven programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs and an eighth training program for TRIO professionals. Each student program has a distinctive mission and works with students at various stages of their educational journey.

Minnesota North College hosts five TRIO programs serving over 1,225 students annually. The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs work with high school students to encourage them to continue their education and aid them in navigating the college selection, application and financial aid process. Minnesota North’s Student Support Services assists students with their transition to college and motivates them toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) serves 1,000 students across the six campuses of Minnesota North. TRIO SSS helps students succeed in their academic to career pathway by providing individualized services to support completion of academic goals and prepares students with skills and knowledge needed for future careers. For more information and to apply, click here.

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) programming and curriculum includes academic instruction, personal mentoring, financial aid counseling, standardized test preparation, opportunities for college site visits, and assistance with college and financial aid applications, and additionally, UBMS curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

TRIO Upward Bound, Hibbing Campus

Hibbing Upward Bound serves 50 students from Hibbing, Chisholm, and Nashwauk-Keewatin School high schools. For more information, click here.

TRIO Upward Bound, Itasca Campus in Grand Rapids

Itasca Upward Bound serves 75 students from Grand Rapids, Bigfork, Greenway, Deer River, Hill City, Northland-Remer, and McGregor high schools. For more information and to apply, click here.

TRIO Upward Bound, Mesabi Range – Virginia Campus

Mesabi Range Upward Bound serves 50 students from Cherry High School, East Range Academy of Technology and Science – Eveleth, Rock Ridge – Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High, Mesabi East High School, Mt. Iron-Buhl High School, Northeast Range School – Babbitt-Embarrass, and Rock Ridge – Virginia High School. For more information and to apply, click here. (Insert link to 4.11.4 Upward Bound MR)

TRIO Upward Bound/Math-Science, Mesabi Range – Virginia Campus

Mesabi Range Upward Bound/Math-Science serves 50 students from Cherry High School, Chisholm High School, Rock Ridge -Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High, Mesabi East High School, Mt. Iron-Buhl High School, and Rock Ridge – Virginia High School. For more information and to apply, click here. (Insert link to 4.11.5 Upward Bound MathScience)