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Robinson receives Minnesota TRIO Achievers Award

Central Lakes College TRIO alumnus Robert Robinson recently received the Minnesota TRIO Achievers Award. Robinson is one of two people in the state to get the award this year. Those two people were chosen from 69 TRIO programs throughout the stat...

Robert Robinson (left) poses for a photo with Central Lakes College TRIO adviser Sue Austin at the college recently. Robinson recently received an award for his success in the TRIO program. Submitted photo
Robert Robinson (left) poses for a photo with Central Lakes College TRIO adviser Sue Austin at the college recently. Robinson recently received an award for his success in the TRIO program. Submitted photo

Central Lakes College TRIO alumnus Robert Robinson recently received the Minnesota TRIO Achievers Award.

Robinson is one of two people in the state to get the award this year. Those two people were chosen from 69 TRIO programs throughout the state. This is only the second time a CLC student has received the high honor.

Robinson attended CLC from 2010-13. He was recruited from Florida to play for the football team. Football was a top priority over school for Robinson, but when he was taken off the team, Robinson had no choice but to pick up the slack in the classroom, according to a news release.

Robinson was placed on academic probation after his first year, causing him to leave temporarily. He then joined the CLC TRIO program upon his return, which he said is responsible for saving his life. Robinson went on to earn his associate degree at CLC before transferring to The College of St. Scholastica and earning his degree in social work and organizational behavior in 2015. He is now a counselor/case manager at Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia.

According to the CLC website, TRIO programs provide educational opportunities to first-generation student, low-income, and disabled Americans.

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