An environment where every individual can fulfill his or her educational objectives.


To provide traditional and innovative educational opportunities to a diverse community through targeted services and research that promote personal success.

Program(s) Focus Services
GEAR UP* (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) (1) Provides early intervention services to significantly increase the number of lowincome students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Educational, recreational and social services for participants, parents, and teachers.
Location: Off Campus*
TRIO Educational Talent Search* (ETS) (5) Helps students in grades 6 through 12 to better understand their educational opportunities and options. Academic and career counseling, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and college admission applications, field trips, mentoring, and college exploration.
Location: Off Campus*
TRIO Upward Bound (UB) (5) and Upward Bound Math/Science Center (UBMS) (3) Prepares Young people in grades 9 through 12 for higher education by strengthening math, science, English, and foreign language skills. In-class instruction, tutoring, academic skill assessment, assistance with financial aid and college admissions, field trips, mentoring, service learning, college exploration, and summer residential program.
Location: UNLV, SSC-A, Rm 301
TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers* (EOC) (2), also known as Adult Educational Services (AES) Assists adults 19+ in their pursuit of a postsecondary education. Assists displaced or underemployed workers with choosing a career path and appropriate educational channels. Academic and career counseling, assistance with financial aid and college admissions, skill-building exercises and GED pre-testing.
Location: Off Campus*
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Regular (1); SSS STEM (1) Provides opportunities for academic development, assist students with pursuing fields in science, technology, engineering, math, and health science, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Study skills workshops, tutoring, faculty mentoring, service learning opportunities, academic and career assessment, and graduate college exploration.
Location: UNLV, SSC-A, Rm 301
TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (1) Prepares eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Study skills workshops, tutoring, faculty mentoring, academic and career assessment, research opportunities, and graduate college exploration.
Location: UNLV, SSC-A, Rm 301
Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Program (1); AANAPISI STEM (1) Provide participants with services based on their need for academic support in order to persist in their degree programs, earn postsecondary credentials, and enroll in post baccalaureate studies. Academic, financial, and career counseling, research opportunities, assistance with graduate school admissions and program exploration.
Location: UNLV, SSC-A, Rm 301
TRIO Training* (2)
Priority II
Priority III
Provides professional development seminars for persons supervising or employed by one or more Federal TRIO projects across the United States. Instruction regarding the legislation and regulations that govern all TRIO projects, including project budget management, assessment of student needs, retention and graduation strategies, and use of technology.
Location: Off Campus*
National Science Foundation (NSF) Southern Nevada Northern Arizona Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SNNA-LSAMP) (1) Designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees the STEM fields. Operated in partnership with Northern Arizona University, College of Southern Nevada, and Coconino Community College. Near-peer mentoring, undergraduate research opportunities and STEM industry internships.
Location: UNLV, SSC-A, Rm 301
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The Summer Food Nutritional Program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Nevada Department of Education provides meals for children and adults who are low-income and unable to sustain themselves.

The Tutoring Program gives qualified students the opportunity to excel in areas they find challenging and to provide them with the confidence to overcome difficulties. Tutoring is available in many subject areas in the form of individual and group sessions

Family Support Services assists students and their families to overcome challenges in life by providing “wrap-around” (supportive) services. This program offers family assessments, as well as individual and family counseling. Program staff members model effective parenting practices, advocate for children's health and educational needs, connect families with community resources and establish ongoing relationships with all of the necessary service providers.

Mentors and Volunteers Program recruits, trains, and assigns volunteers to UNLV GEAR UP schools to support the social enrichment and academic achievement of students.

The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) leverages federal, state, local government and community resources to assist all students but particularly low-income, first-generation students. The Center also conducts research that assists with increasing the body of knowledge for working with low-income, first-generation and disadvantaged populations.

Thanks to the support of our congressional delegation, the Clark County School District, our local government officials, business and community service partners, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Center’s Title III AANAPISI, GEAR UP, TRIO and NSF LSAMP programs are able to grow and continue to provide top-notch services to more than 26,000 individuals each year. Many of The Center’s participants go on to become doctors, lawyers, politicians, educators, and professionals in many other fields. We owe our success and the successes of our students to our partnerships!