Ozarka College TRiO Program Celebrates Student Success

The Ozarka College TRiO Student Support Services program hosted an annual awards banquet April 25 to recognize TRiO students and their achievements.

TRiO is a federally funded grant program at Ozarka College. The TRiO program serves first-generation, low-income or disabled college students in order to help them complete a degree and transfer to a four-year institution.

The event was well attended by several students, family members and college administration.

The keynote address was given by Bridgette Bass of Arkadelphia. Bass is a TRiO program alumnus and was recognized as the 2012 TRiO Achiever by the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs. She provided the students with an inspirational story of how she overcame significant barriers in order to complete her education and reach her goals.

Six TRiO students received the following awards:

· Cheryl Massey, Hall of Fame

· Kathy Staggs, Student of the Year

· Steven Law, TRiO Staff Choice

· Amanda Masson, Above& Beyond

· Christy Bigness, Rising Star

· Jayson Ozbun, Tutor of the Year


“This event was better than ever,”said Deltha Shell, director of the TRiO program. “We were able to work with several administrators and local businesses to enhance the event and provide the students with a great experience.”


Dr. and Mrs. Adam Gray sponsored the keynote speaker. Blayne Allan Photography and members of the Ozarka Collegeadministration provided funds for students to bring guests to the event. Entertainment was provided by a local band, Deadwood Groove. The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department prepared and served dinner.


For information about the TRiO program at Ozarka College, contact Deltha Shell at [email protected].


Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical/community college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The college offers 28 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education.