WTAMU Special Programs

About WTAMU Special Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

West Texas A&M University hosts Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, and Talent Search under the Special Programs department.


Peer Mentor

May 2019 - July 2019 Canyon, TX
“I loved everything about this job! It was a fun experience, great pay, and I was able to live in the dorms on campus during this time. All of your meals and housing is also paid for during the work period. Working with these students helped me earn a better understanding of what I wanted to do with my professional career. I now continue to work with these students in a full-time position.”

Upward Bound Peer Mentor

June 2018 - August 2018 Canyon, TX
“I loved mentoring younger students of life who are aspiring for something that can be very daunting, a college degree, a chance to set their family up for success for generations to come. I loved waking up every morning and the small talk during breakfast about goals for the day. It was also refreshing to end the day knowing it was up and at it again in the morning, grinding for the taste of success. I enjoyed watching the students travel to diverse places and touring different colleges after they successfully completed the program. Most of all, I enjoyed when they asked me for help or for my opinion. It meant they had developed trust in my word and I had found a friend in them.”
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