Dr. Kamatuka elected chair of National Board
One of the greatest honors in the TRIO/GEAR UP professional community is being elected to the Board Chair position of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the National TRIO Organization. Currently, one of our very own is serving in this role - Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka, Director of the Educational Opportunity Programs of the Institute of Educational Research and Public Service. As Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Kamatuka will travel to regional TRIO conferences across the country, oversee a Board of over thirty individuals from the ten member associations within the United States as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, he will work closely with the President of the Council and will be the voice for both TRIO professionals and students throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Dr. Kamatuka will serve as Board Chair until September 2012
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. More than 840,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by more than 2,900 programs nationally. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO programs provide direct support services for students, and relevant training for directors and staff.
GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.
The Educational Opportunity Programs, through the University of Kansas School of Education, currently houses 7 TRIO Programs and 3 GEAR UP Programs as well as the Harvest of Hope State Migrant Program. Dr. Kamatuka serves as the Director the Educational Opportunity Programs.