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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    May 16, 2016

    Northwest TRIO program welcomes new coordinator

    Rachel Wistrom

    Rachel Wistrom

    Northwest Missouri State University’s TRIO Program has announced the hiring of Rachel Wistrom as its coordinator of counseling for Upward Bound. 

    Wistrom will provide counseling and intensive early college planning curricula for Upward Bound high school participants. She has worked as a counseling assistant with Northwest’s Upward Bound summer program since 2013. 

    Most recently, she served as K-12 guidance counselor for the North Nodaway R-VI School District.

    A native of Sedalia, Missouri, Wistrom earned her bachelor’s degree in comprehensive psychology and sociology from Northwest and launched her professional career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol working in quality control for criminal records at its Jefferson City headquarters.

    She later returned to Northwest and completed her master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 2012. 

    “Rachel’s love and passion in her counseling skills has been a valuable asset to Upward Bound in creating an environment of connectedness for our students, which is critical in our retention efforts, as well as in helping them feel comfortable interacting with new students,” said Cassie Tavorn, TRIO program director at Northwest. 

    TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science.

    Upward Bound got its start at Northwest in 1987 and provides an infrastructure that helps students to prepare for post-secondary education, complete secondary school and acquire skills and abilities for educational success.

    Northwest’s Upward Bound program draws students from seven high schools in northwest Missouri and hosts a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students who live in campus residence halls while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468