TRIO/SSS

EGCC's TRIO Student Support Services/Academic Advising program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of EGCC TRIO/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.

For more information contact:
Dorothy Collins
740.264.5591 x114 or 330-744-8967 x4513
Fax: 740.266.2706 or 330-744-8729
Email: dcollins@egcc.edu

What does TRIO stand for?
It is not an acronym; it refers to a number (originally three, now eight) of U.S federal programs to increase access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students.

The following is the history of the TRIO programs. The first reauthorization of The Higher Education Act in 1968 prompted the TRIO label that continues to be today. TRIO referred to the three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Service, which existed within this reauthorization of The Higher Education Act, and was designed to assist eligible students to begin and complete a post secondary education.

The Education Opportunity Act of 1964, the original War on Poverty Statute, created Upward Bound. Upward Bound helps eligible people and veterans prepare for a higher education. Talent Search was created by the original Higher Education Act of 1965. Talent Search programs serve young people in grades six through twelve to better understand their educational opportunities and options. When the 1968 reauthorization of Higher Education Act created Student Support Services and transferred Upward Bound out of the office of Economic Opportunity into the Higher Education Act, the TRIO label was born. Student Support Services helps eligible students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degree. At Eastern Gateway Community College, TRIO is used as the name for the Student Support Services Program.

TRiO is really eight programs under one umbrella. The second reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1972, created the Education Opportunity Centers. The Education Opportunity Centers primarily serve displaced or under-employed workers by helping them to choose a college and a suitable financial aid program. Most recently, the fifth reauthorization of the TRIO Program in 1986, created the Ronald E. McNair Post‐Baccalaureate Achievement Program. McNair Programs a redesigned to encourage eligible students to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study.

What does TRIO stand for?

TRIO is our nation's commitment to the dream of education for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances.

What does SSS stand for?

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of postsecondary education. The SSS Program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. 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.