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TRIO Student Support Services

What is TRIO?
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs also help students overcome additional barriers to higher education.


FREE Services include:
Academic Advising
Participants receive guidance in scheduling appropriate courses for completing their course of study. Mid-term progress reports are reviewed and assistance is provided to students in need. Degree audits are completed to track each student’s progress.

Judy Nieuwenhuis is  a TRIO Student Support Services Academic Specialist. If you need help with nursing or science courses she would like to invite you to apply for the TRIO program. Here is an example of her teaching here to view video.

Career Planning
TRIO staff provides free career counseling to participants. For those with questions concerning careers, possible salaries, and the projected job market we will schedule the CHOICES assessment through the Career Center. Additional Career Planning resources are available online.

Personal Counseling
Personal counseling is available to participants dealing with issues which can interfere with their academic success. Students with issues beyond the scope of the TRIO staff will be referred to an appropriate service provider.

Financial Aid Advising
TRIO helps participants maximize their financial aid potential by providing scholarship information. Guidance is also given to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a form required by the federal government to be eligible for financial aid. Additional Financial Aid resources are available online.

Professional and peer tutoring is available to TRIO participants by appointment. Tutoring and basic skills classes are provided for those students in need of additional support, enabling them to excel academically.

Transfer Assistance
TRIO can assist in exploring colleges and areas of study. Group campus visits to four-year colleges are scheduled so that participants can make decisions based on first-hand knowledge. Detailed information will be provided to students planning to transfer.

Lunch & Learn Workshops
TRIO provides weekly Lunch & Learn workshops, helping students acquire useful skills while enjoying a free lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Workshop topics include: Learning Styles, Mastering Test Anxiety, Time Management, Formal Dining Etiquette, Resume Writing, Interview Preparation, and Note Taking Skills.

Cultural Activities
TRIO offers access to a variety of cultural events at no cost to the participants. Off campus activities include plays, operas, ballets, symphonies, dinner theaters, museums, and many more.

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Each accepted or enrolled student at NCC is encouraged to apply to the TRIO program. All services provided by the TRIO program are FREE to students who meet eligibility guidelines.

To be eligible, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Neither parent graduated from a four-year college
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

The program is funded to serve 160 students, so this number will be selected from the applicant pool.
A participant must also be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. To apply for the TRIO program, complete this application form.

TRIO Student Support Services Grant Aid
You must submit the narrative by the second Friday of December.
10—$1,000 grant aid awards; Full-time students
TRIO participants who meet established criteria are eligible to apply for one of ten awards. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
    • Receive a Pell Grant 
    • Obtain good academic standing 
    • Attend at least two Lunch & Learn workshops during the fall semester. 
    • Participate in one TRIO sponsored community service project during the fall semester. 
    • Priority will be given to first year TRIO students. 
    • Submit a narrative not to exceed one page, describing the impact of the TRIO Student Support Services program on the applicant’s education, discussing any co-curricular or community involvement, listing future education or career goals, and explaining how this Grant Aid would help achieve those goals.

To apply for a TRIO grant, complete the application form and submit the narrative by the second Friday of December. 

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Resource Links
Accounting Career Network
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Construction Jobs
Mapping Your Future
Nation Job
Skills USA
The Career Key
Goodwill Industries - GCF Learn Free
Truck Net
The Riley Guide

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