New England Region SSS Professional Day Held In CT For First Time
The New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) TRIO SSS (Student Support Services) Professional Day was held on November 18, 2016 at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. It was the first time a SSS Professional Day was held in Connecticut. Approximately 35 SSS professionals from colleges and universities throughout New England gathered to network, share best practices, and attend workshops on topics specific to working with first-generation and low-income college students.
During lunch, participants heard from four MCC SSS students about how the program, known as STARS, has positively impacted their lives.



Nadia L. Ward, M.Ed, Ph.D.

CAEOP Members and Achievers

CAEOP Conference Turns 30
Approximately 65 people attended the 30th annual CAEOP Conference, held November 4, 2016 at the CCSU Downtown Campus in New Britain. Nadia L. Ward, Deputy Director at The Consultation Center  and Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research, as well as Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, gave the keynote address. Presenters from higher education institutions throughout Connecticut presented workshop breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to the educational needs of first-generation, low-income students. Kimberly Jones, Vice-President of Public Policy and Communication at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, D.C. presented a workshop on advocacy and updated members on educational policy. Ramon Gonzalez, President of the New England Educational Opportunity Association, also addressed members. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of the CAEOP Achiever Awards to Jerrol Mitchell and Kally Moquete Gonzalez.


Connecticut Teams Attends 36th Annual COE Policy Seminar
The 36th annual Council for Opportunity in Education Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., held March 6-8, 2016, was a great success! The Connecticut team, led by CAEOP president Dave Celotto, met with legislative aides for each of our state Congresspersons and U.S. Senators. Each aide expressed his/her member’s support for TRIO.



First-Generation College Students Remain Far Behind Peers in College Readiness (June 2016)

The College Debt Crisis is Even Worse Than You Think (May 2016)

Coming to a high school near you: financial aid for college courses (May 2016)

Sen. Chris Murphy: Every Child Counts (March 2015)

Michelle Obama invites University of Hartford student to State of the Union (January 2015)

‘Nontraditional’ But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education (January 2015)

The President and First Lady’s Call to Action on College Opportunity (December 2014)