Stag/stagette dinner set for Thursday

A stag/stagette dinner open to the public will be served from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eagles Lodge, U.S. Highway 83 and Mary Street. The menu will feature ham, roast beef, fries, sweetbreads, potatoes, beans and more.

TRIO celebration planned Feb. 21

Garden City Community College students and employees are joining Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search to celebrate National TRIO Day on Feb. 21.

The day's activities will help honor the achievements reached by a group of federal programs that offer educational opportunities to low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities.

As part of this year's celebration, on Friday, students will be at Salvation Army from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Neighborhood Learning Center at 305 Mary St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m., to hand out T-shirts and information to families and students about GCCC's TRIO program.

On Feb. 18, Mayor Dan Fankhauser, along with Garden City commissioners, will proclaim Feb. 21 as National TRIO Day in Garden City.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS), under the direction of Heather Garcia, helps develop talents in sixth through 12th grade students and adults needing assistance in applying for college, federal financial aid, etc. The ETS program received a $1.2 million federal government grant that covers programs and services for 2011-16.

Congress established the TRIO programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and become capable of living life more successfully. The programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. GCCC launched its Student Support Services in 1993 and the program has served more than 4,200 students.

Student Support Services received a $1.4 million grant from the federal government to cover its programs and services from 2010-15 and will reapply for new grant funding within the next few months.