Professional Development Conference

This event is an opportunity offered annually to members of OTA, with different themes each year. To register for this event, please click here.



OTA Student Leadership Conference

The Oregon TRIO Association (OTA) organizes an annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC) designed to develop essential leadership skills in students for their future success each year. These conference workshops are aimed at teaching participants how to develop skills in specific areas of leadership so that they may integrate them into their daily lives, to bring about changes in their communities, and families, and for their own personal growth. We also aim to encourage students to explore their academic and career interests in pursuit of their goals and their future success. 


The conference takes a hands-on and practical approach to learning by presenting participants with choices, providing them with the opportunity to ask questions, encouraging dialogue among themselves, and helping students to better understand their role as leaders and the various ways leadership might present itself.


OTA Civic Leadership Conference



COE National Policy Seminar

This event gives TRIO alumni the chance to speak to Members of Congress about their TRIO experience, to further develop and utilize their leadership skills, and to advocate for the importance of funding and supporting TRIO Programs. For more information, please click here.

First Gen Day

First Generation Student Day

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education’s Board, in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, asked college access and success professionals to join TRIO programs across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, 2017 — the Anniversary of the Higher Education Act.

The 2017 First-Generation College Celebration was such a success, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education have decided to make it an annual event. For more information, please click here.


On February 24, 1986, a congressional resolution (H. Con. Res. 278) declared that Saturday, February 28, 1986, should be designated as “National TRIO Day” to commemorate the annual achievements of the Federal TRIO programs in communities across the country.

Every year since then, our community has reserved the fourth Saturday in February as National TRIO Day — an opportunity to focus the nation’s “attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.”

For more information, please click here.

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