The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the   Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for  Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide academic and supportive services to low-income students who are first-generation college students and students with disabilities evidencing academic need. Increase student retention and graduation rates of its participants. Facilitate student transfer from two-year to four-year universities and foster an institutional climate supportive of their success.

Student Learning Outcomes

Service Area Outcomes (SAO)

  1. Students will understand state and federal financial aid to meet their financial needs.
  2. Students will be able to research and understand transfer admissions requirements to CSU and UC, as well as how to apply online for transfer programs.

Support Service Learning Outcomes (SSLO)  

  1. Students will understand Student Financial Aid awards and Pell Grant requirements.
  2. Students will be able to select the CSU or UC campus that best fits their educational goals, and to identify the CSU or UC admissions and transfer requirements.
  3. Students will be able to complete the CSU Online Admissions Applications process.

Program Services

  • Individualized academic, career, transfer and personal counseling
  • Priority registration
  • Exposure to cultural activities and academic programs
  • Assistance with CSU | UC | Private | Out of State admissions and financial aid applications and processes
  • Career advising and activities to acquaint students with career options
  • Workshops to develop and enhance academic and personal skills
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Registration assistance
  • Computer lab and space dedicated to participants
  • Portfolio: resume, cover letter, personal statement, etc.
  • Peer mentor assistance | connections
  • SSS Grant Aid "Scholarship" for eligible participants
  • Financial literacy

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