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TRIO recognized Julie Brixey for her 25 years of service. TRIO Programs 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. Dawn Compton, member of the OSDA and SWASAP Board and Director of the NEO Upward Bond program, presented the award to Brixey.

Brixey began her TRIO career in 1989 with the Educational Opportunities Program at Rogers State University (RSU). While at RSU, Brixey was promoted from Administrative Assistant to the Management Information Systems/Education Specialist and remained there for 10 years. Following her time at RSU, Brixey became the director of the newly established Upward Bound program at NEO from 1999-2007. She left for a short period of time and returned to NEO after seven years to become the Director of Student Support Services (SSS) program. Brixey has served as the SSS Director for seven years. Brixey wrote for the original Upward Bound grant at NEO and has served on the ODSA and SWASAP Board several times. She has a profound impact on many students and strives to always be their biggest advocate. “Julie not only has a strong desire to help the students in the TRIO Programs succeed with their college goals, but she also mentors new TRIO employees to help foster a deep lasting commitment to first-generation income-based students well beyond their years in TRIO Service,” said Compton. For more information please contact Dawn Compton at 918-540-6319 or dacompt@neo.edu

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