The TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal grant programs that identify and provide services to underserved individuals and communities. TRIO’s mission is to work collaboratively with grantees and other entities to enhance educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. TRIO administers eight programs, the largest set of discretionary grant programs in the Department of Education with over 3,000 grant awards made annually. Through a competitive process, TRIO awards grants to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools. TRIO then monitors and provides guidance to grantees to ensure successful project outcomes; provides technical assistance to grantees and potential applicants; and provides statistical information to internal users for decision-making, program improvement, and reporting.
CDS2 currently provides comprehensive logistical, event planning, and IT services for TRIO's grant programs. We assist TRIO in acquiring, printing, and prescreening grant applications, and our database professionals assist with data management and reporting. Our Conference and Events Management team also assists with the logistics of travel, hotels, and technical presentations for other events and workshops hosted by TRIO.