Kaskaskia College TRiO/Student Support Services program is entering its fifth year
and is still accepting applications from students for the Fall 2014 Semester.
TRiO/SSS grant is a federally-funded program that provides services for
eligible students. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded KC $213,180 for
the 2014-2015 academic year to help students overcome financial, social, and
cultural barriers to higher education. Under the grant, KC has established the
Student Support Services program that will serve 140 eligible students with a
goal of increasing their graduation, retention, and transfer rate. TRiO/SSS is
located on the main campus in the Success Center and provides services tailored
to the needs of program participants. Some of the services available include:
tutoring, peer mentoring, academic advising, help with financial aid, cultural
experiences, college visits, workshops, assistance to transfer to a four-year
institution, and referral to important services on campus and in the community.
TRiO/SSS program provides opportunities for academic development, assists
students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the
successful completion of their post-secondary education. To qualify for the
TRiO/SSS program, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and
must meet one of the following guidelines:
A first-generation college student (which means neither parent has a
four-year college degree), meet economic need guidelines established by U.S.
Department of Education, or have a verifiable physical or learning disability.
Pat Stansfield, Director of the TRiO Program, says that, “TRiO/SSS
continues to provide a convenient, reliable and integrated network of support
for participating students. We can save them time in getting the answers and
services they need. They can have the security of knowing they don’t have to do
it all on their own. For these students, life gets in the way. Jobs and family
responsibilities can make time management an issue. Lack of family experience
with higher education can create difficulties in knowing how to navigate the
college terrain. We want to be our TRiO students’ ‘One-Stop Shop’ for support.”
For more information, contact the TRiO office located in the
KC Success Center or call 618-545-3037.