UNLV TRIO Training Institute Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nation’s TRIO Projects

CenterPoint Newsletter | June 2016 | By Larry Letourneau, Director for Research & Compliance

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UNLV TRIO Training Faculty. Back row: Dr. Jonathan McKenzie, Dr. Harold H. Campbell, Dr. Kimberly Washington-Pearse,
William B. Clark, Dr. Larry Letourneau. Front row: Michael L. Jeffries, ​Cherryl F. Arnold, ​Prince O. Teal, ​Dr. Mary Gonzalez, and ​Lucy Jones.


Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the UNLV TRIO Training Institute provided professional-development opportunities in 2016 for TRIO project personnel from across the United States. In February, more than 150 TRIO professionals representing every type of TRIO project convened online and in-person (at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas) for sessions that addressed topics, such as college admissions and financial-aid counseling, financial-literacy instruction, and project productivity. In May, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the Institute held a similar event that drew more than 80 TRIO personnel.

In response to the Las Vegas and Chicago events, the Institute received a flood of positive comments, including:

“Thank you for making us feel comfortable and welcomed. Thank you for the great tools.”

“Thank you for such a wonderful experience! I truly enjoyed every single aspect of the training. This has been the first training for TRIO that I have attended and it was great. I have only been an employee for less than six months and feel that this has been of great help. Again, thank you for this training! Everything was well organized.”

“I would like to say that this training was by far the most informative one I have been to and would highly recommend it to all the people I know that work for TRIO!”

“The UNLV training was amazing! The faculty were amazing and very knowledgeable in a multitude of areas. Please offer more training opportunities.”

These comments strongly represent the consensus of event attendees, according to data collected at the end of each event. Of persons who attended the Institute’s events and who had previous experience with similar events conducted by other organizations, 78% rated the Institute’s events as the best they had ever attended, much better than most they had attended, or better than most they had attended. Furthermore, for the tenth consecutive year, the Institute exceeded the performance targets for all its objectives and served more TRIO professionals than the number for which it was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, making the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach indispensable resources for our nation’s federally funded college-access and educational-opportunity programs.


UNLV TRIO Training Faculty
Jonathan McKenzie, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Family Centered Educational Agency
Chicago, Illinois
Michael L. Jeffries
Special Assistant for McNair Programs Council for
Opportunity in Education
Washington, D.C. and Champaign, Illinois
Harold H. Campbell, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Academic Achievement Programs
University of California, Berkeley
Cherryl F. Arnold
Director, The Office of Educational Opportunity and
TRIO Programs
Georgia State University
Kimberly Washington-Pearse, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant
Sangolade Educational Supportive Services
Smyrna, Georgia
​​Prince O. Teal
Teals Consulting Services (TCS)
Dallas, Texas
William B. Clarke, Owner
Clarke & Associates
Education Consultants
Santa Rosa, California
​​​Mary Gonzalez, Ph.D.
AVP for Student Access, Academic Affairs
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Larry Letourneau, Ph.D.
Director for Research & Compliance
Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
​​Lucy Jones
TRIO Specialist and Educational Consultant
Mena, Arkansas

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