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February 20, 2020

TRIO Lunch and Learn

Did you know that TRIO Programs have been present on Finlandia/Suomi’s campus since the early 1980s? Or that we have three different TRIO programs on campus, but there are seven types of TRIO programs? Or that the need for organized TRIO came out of the State of the Union address in 1964 by Lyndon B Johnson, as part of the War on Poverty?

Bring a brown-bag lunch to Mannerheim Central to learn about the history and purpose of TRIO programs, as [...]

February 18, 2020

TRIO Talent Search Awards 19 Summer Youth Program Scholarships

19 students from the Copper Country ISD, Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD and Forest Park Schools have been awarded scholarships to attend Summer Youth Programs at Michigan Technological University. Active participants in TRIO Talent Search 9th, 10th and 11th grades were encouraged to apply. Each scholarship is valued at $1000, which covers the cost of registration, room & board, transportation and any lab fees.

“STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is everywhere in the world around us and continuously expanding [...]

March 12, 2019

Laplander Named President-Elect of Michigan College Access Programs & Personnel

Finlandia University’s Kailee Laplander has been named President-Elect of Michigan College Access Programs & Personnel (MI-CAPP). Laplander serves as TRIO Pre-College Programs Coordinator and has been at Finlandia since the fall of 2014.

“Ultimately, my interest in this role stems from my interest in college access and success for low-income, potential first-generation students,” Laplander said. “As a TRIO Student Support Services alumni myself, I realized how helpful it was to have someone supporting me as [...]

February 28, 2019

Taste of Success: Kailee Laplander (’12)

Finlandia University is excited to announce the launch of a new alumni speaker series, A Taste of Success. The series will feature alumni of Finlandia and Suomi College as they talk about their college experience and accomplishments since graduating. The first Taste of Success will feature alumna Kailee Laplander (‘12), who graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts. Laplander is currently the Coordinator for TRIO Pre-College Programs. Her discussion will focus on how she used her degree in [...]

November 1, 2018

Fall 2018 TRIO Pre-College Programs Newsletter

Check out the Fall 2018 Edition of the TRIO Pre-College Programs newsletter. This edition highlights the annual COE conference, a successful alumni and current Finlandia student, and major events and offerings provided by TRIO Pre-College Programs. More information on the programs and an archive of previous newsletters can be found anytime at keweenawtrio.org.

View Fall 2018 Newsletter

Frank Pergrande
May 24, 2018

Frank Pergande new academic coordinator at TRIO Upward Bound

Finlandia University is excited to welcome Frank Pergande as the new the TRIO Upward Bound (UB) academic coordinator. Pergande earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University. He previously taught English at NMU, overseas at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea and the Marquette Prison through Jackson College.

“I was very excited at the opportunity to work more [...]

May 9, 2018

TRIO Upward Bound, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to help nourish high school students this summer

This summer, from June 11 to July 12, 2018, approximately 35 area high school students will experience the daily routines of college freshmen on the Finlandia University campus. The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) summer students live in the Finlandia Hall, attend demanding daily classes, complete homework, meet new people and, of course, eat three meals daily in Finlandia’s cafeteria.

For more than 30 years, this ‘mock college experience’ has been part of Finlandia’s year-round TRIO UB program, which is [...]

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