TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

Our TRIO Programs are recognized as a superior system that prepares students for:

  • successful completion of secondary education;
  • admission into a post-secondary institution;
  • retention and completion of post-secondary education;
  • and preparation for successful matriculation to a post-baccalaureate program. 

The programs identify students who show potential for success and provide encouragement, support, and assistance.


Dr. Cynthia Trawick
Director of TRIO Programs

Ralph Coates
Assistant Director of TRIO Programs

Yolanda McColumn
Office Manager
(470) 639-0203

Ciara Carr
Program Assistant/Data Specialist
(470) 639-0768


Federal TRIO Programs
830 Westview Dr., SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(470) 639-0607