TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) makes the college transition smoother by offering one-on-one academic and career advising as well as workshops on managing your time efficiently, getting along with instructors, financing your education, planning your four-year degree and beyond, and many other topics. All services are free to eligible students.
The purpose of the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program is:
- To increase college retention and graduation rates for eligible students;
- To increase the transfer rates of eligible students from two-year to four-year institutions; and
- To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.
How do I get involved?
Eligible students include first-generation college students (neither parent earned a four-year degree, and you haven’t received a two-year or four-year degree) and income-eligible students (as determined by federal guidelines), as well as students with a documented disability. Students should be working on an Associates Degree to transfer to a four-year degree program.
The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern.
TRiO offers services to help participants succeed in college and graduate on a timely basis. The services include free tutoring, academic advising, career development assistance, equipment access. Check here to discover more!
What Does TRiO Mean To You?- We Asked, You Answered!
“TRiO at Black Hawk means to me that I have someone there for me whenever I need help. I was really nervous for college but they helped me through so much.”
“TRiO provides me with the necessary support to do the things I need to make my transitions go smoothly.”
The mission of the Black Hawk College Student Support Services (SSS) program is to provide opportunities for academic development and to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education in an environment that promotes acceptance, understanding and lifelong learning.
The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next, through completion of an Associate’s Degree and transfer to a 4 year program.
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 last 1960s the term “TRiO” was coined to describe these federal programs.
Over the years the TRiO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. The legislative requirements for all six TRiO programs can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2.
TRiO is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $332,444 for FY16.