Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound and Veterans Upward Bound programs will celebrate National TRIO Day with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 in the main lobby of Booth Library. The event, which acknowledges the boost that TRIO programs give students, is free and open to the public.

The open house will include refreshments, information on the D&E programs and opportunities to meet with staff members.

TRIO programs provide first-generation, low-income students with motivation, direction and support to help them prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Fully funded by the federal government, the programs’ services come at no cost to the students.

The Davis & Elkins College high school Upward Bound programs serve students from Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties.

In addition to National TRIO Day, Veterans Upward Bound programs nationwide are also celebrating 50 years of assisting military veterans in their postsecondary aspirations. The Veterans Upward Bound program at D&E has been in existence since 1990 and serves veterans throughout West Virginia.

For more information about Veterans Upward Bound, visit www.vubwv.org or call Director Mark Rosencrance at 304-637-1257. For more information about the high school Upward Bound programs, visit www.deupwardbound.org or call Director Carol Suder-Howes at 304-637-1989.