MondayFebruary 22, 2021

CState celebrates student success on National TRiO Day

National TRiO Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in February, to recognize the importance of the TRiO grant programs funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Feb. 28, 2021, will be the 34th annual recognition of these programs that focus attention on "the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and the talent that will be wasted if investment is not made."

TRiO funding provides educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation students, and facilitates services to help these students achieve their academic goals.

The "TRiO" name refers to the three federal programs that were authorized in 1968 to increase higher education access for economically-disadvantaged students: Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Service.

Throughout this week, Daily News will highlight TRiO programs at CState and the students they serve.

Donald Hughes is a TRiO SSS (Student Support Services) student majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). He looks forward to entering the workforce as an ultrasound technician so he can "contribute to society and financially improve my health and lifestyle."

Eventually, Don plans to work toward a bachelor’s degree in a similar field.

Don said, "My age, disabilities, time out of school, and lack of previous education make these goals more difficult at times; however, with help from Student Support Services I know I will achieve my goals."

Erma Rutland-White, an SSS Tutor, said Don has faced personal and academic challenges-- especially with math prerequsites for the DMS program-- but "he was up for the challenge and has displayed resilience and persistence."

"Don has curiosity and desire to continue to learn and build skills to support his educational goals and career aspirations," she added.

Don's daughter, the youngest of his three children, is current finishing a master's dgree at Western Kentucky University his sons are successful in their professions, so Don is eager to "pick up where I should have begun 50 years ago."

Don said, "I take one day at a time, strive to keep up, get tutoring, and hope I can avoid falling behind. I don’t learn as fast as I once did or retain as much for as long, which can be a struggle. All I can say is 'thanks' to the entire SSS team for all of your consistent and dedicated help."

"The relentless support from the entire office is helping me shape my future," Don said.

The TRiO-supported College Access Programs at Cincinnati State include:

  • Student Support Services (SSS), which assists Cincinnati State students who are first-generation college students, students with disabilities, or students who meet Federal income guidelines.
    TRiO SSS has been in operation at Cincinnati State since 1998, and in August 2020 the grant was extended for five more years, to 2025.
  • The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides educational assistance, career coaching, financial aid information, and advising assistance to students at no cost.
  • A Traditional Upward Bound program serves students at Mount Healthy High School.

For more information, visit the College Access Programs page of the College website.

Students can get attire for March Career Fair on "Suit Up" Days in Feb.

The Cincinnati State Career Center and the College's Co-op Coordinators will host a virtual Career and Co-op Job Fair on Tuesday, Mar. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Similar to an in-person job fair, students who attend the virtual Career Fair will be able to talk to employers directly, in 1-to-1 video chats or group video chats with employer representatives.
  • ​Students can register for the Career Fair at

To help students get ready to look their best during the Career Fair and on the job, Cincinnati State is joining the JC Penney Suit-Up Event, which takes place online and in-stores from Feb. 25-28.

  • This ongoing program from JC Penney helps students at over 300 colleges and universities to obtain professional attire at a discounted price. (And the discount is available to faculty and staff members, too.)
  • Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, students can obtain a coupon for a 30% discount on full-price or sale items
  • Cincinnati State students (and employees) can get their coupon by texting CINNST to 67292
  • The coupon can be used Feb. 25-28 either in-store or online at
  • Click to download the Suit-Up Days flyer

For more information about the Career Fair and Suit-Up Days, visit the Career Center Facebook page at

BOT Meeting on Feb. 23

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, Feb 23, starting at 3:45 p.m.

Help available for students with food insecurity

A new resource is available to assist students with food insecurity while the Surge Cupboard Food Pantry remains closed.

Students who meet eligibility criteria may be able to receive Supplemental Federal Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits (food stamps) in Ohio to help purchase groceries.

Students with food insecurity concerns also can contact the FreeStore FoodBank or for additional information on resources available.

Condolences to Abbey Yee

Norine Rieder, the grandmother of Abbey Yee (Professor in the Engineering & Information Technologies Division), died on Feb. 16, 2021.

  • Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Feb. 22 at noon at Good Shepherd Parish, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.
  • Those attending must wear masks and observe social distancing.

Messages of condolence may be posted at the Mueller Funeral Home website.

Online Learning Support for Feb. 22-26

The Office of Online Learning is offering opportunities this week for faculty seeking:

  • instruction or consultation on setting up and using Zoom.
  • help in improving your online courses.

For more information, visit the "Support/Training" section of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site in Blackboard.

  • Look for this site near the bottom of your list of Blackboard courses.
  • If you are a new instructor and need access to this resource site, please contact a division administrator.

Zoom Basics for Faculty and Staff is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu (via Zoom)

Meeting ID: 814 3861 4572  |  Passcode: 5m201r

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 - 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 26 - 9-10 a.m.

Paul is also available by appointment to help with individual concerns related to Collaborate, audio/video work, Screencast-O-Matic, closed captioning, accessibility, and other Blackboard assistance.

To schedule an appointment, send email to Paul at

Dr. Jon McKamey is out of the office this week, but is monitoring email messages and will reply to urgent needs.

Faculty members are encouraged to sign up for the self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State, facilitated by Jon. Faculty can enroll in the course at any time. See the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

For more information send email to Jon at

Julee Johns, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, is available by appointment.

Call (513) 569-1724 to leave a message for a return call.

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