Nov. 8 marks National First-Generation College Celebration, which recognizes the nation’s first-generation college students on the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Higher Education Act.

The TRIO programs, located on the campuses of Purdue University Northwest, were born out of this landmark legislation. The programs, federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provide students from various counties within the Northwest Indiana region access to higher education.

Maceo Rainey is director of TRIO Educational Talent Search at Purdue University Northwest.

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