TRIO Alumna Viola Davis

MEOC, as a TRIO program, is part of a larger family of similar programs. The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is the national association of TRIO programs. Recently, they introduced a new feature on their website that will highlight notable alums from programs similar to MEOC. This first post highlights actress Viola Davis, who is an alumna from the Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College.

blog-010317When internationally-acclaimed actress Viola Davis gains her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 5, two special people will be among the many around the world cheering her on: Her older sister, Deloris Grant, and the sisters’ earliest acting coach, Ron Stetson.The federal Upward Bound program links all three.

As teenagers, Deloris and Viola in 1979 enrolled together in the six-week intensive Upward Bound program at Rhode Island College. They did so during the one and only summer that Stetson worked in the college prep, student success program for those who are low-income or “first generation,” meaning their parents did not obtain a college degree.

To read more about Viola and her TRIO experience, go to the COE blog.

Bachelor of University Studies at the University of Maine

The Bachelor of University Studies degree is the degree completion program at the University of Maine. For student’s who are returning to college with some college credits, this can be a program of great fit. With multiple track options, the B.U.S. curriculum can be either within one of several track options, or it can be self-designed.

For more information, you can either find them on the UMaine website, or contact Director Barbara Howard directly at