CASTLETON Castleton State College Upward Bound students, Joanna Lilly and Samuel Loso, attended Vermont State TRiO Day in Montpelier on March 14th . The TRiO students met with Governor Douglas and their local representatives had a tour of the Capitol and observed the legislature in session.The students also observed a Transportation Committee meeting and described their experiences with Upward Bound to the Legislators. The gathering brought together 13 TRiO personnel and 22 students from the states 16 different TRiO programs. The TRiO Programs (initially just three programs) are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRiO. TRiO students are first generation college bound and from low- to moderate- income families and/or are students with disabilities. These programs are federally funded educational opportunity programs assisting over 6,800 middle school, high school and college bound adults throughout Vermont. Vermonts TRiO programs include Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers and GEAR UP, all hosted by VSAC, and college based Student Support Services Upward Bound and Ronald E.McNair Post baccalaureate Program. Combined, these programs receive over 8 million dollars in federal funds to promote access to and success in higher education for Vermont students.