What are the perks of being an SSS participant? TRiO Student Support Services helps students adjust to and succeed in college by providing comprehensive assistance through the following FREE services and programs:
- Individualized Tutoring: SSS participants are eligible for free one-on-one or small group tutoring in a variety of academic disciplines through the Tutoring and Testing Center. The tutoring staff consists of trained GOCC students who have successfully completed the courses for which they are tutoring.
- Academic Advising: Advising is provided to help students focus and direct academic efforts toward students’ chosen area of interest as well as potential career goals. This advising includes:
- Development of an Educational Development Plan to cultivate the most effective path toward graduation and transfer
- Assistance with planning each semester’s class schedule
- Online registration instruction
- Strategies for maintaining and improving grade point average (GPA)
- SSS participants are advised by SSS professional staff members. During pre-registration, participants meet with their SSS Advisor to plan their schedules based on their degree requirements and student interests. They will also develop an Educational Development Plan to cultivate the most effective path toward achieving graduation and transfer.
- Priority Registration: Priority registration allows SSS participants to register for classes ahead of the general GOCC population in an attempt to allow you to develop the best possible schedule for success.
- Activities, Events, and Programs: Participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of social activities, cultural events, and student development programs. Examples include:
- Social Activities: volunteering opportunities
- Cultural Events: plays, concerts, museum visits
- Student Leadership: attend regional TRiO student leadership conferences with fellow SSS students
- Student Development: seminars/workshops on time management, stress reduction, test-taking, transfer planning, job search skills, budgeting and financial literacy
- Counseling: SSS Students will have access to a Licensed Professional Counselor for emotional support and guidance. Students will have a safe, accepting place to discuss options, opportunities, and possibilities.
- Career Counseling: Staff will explore with each student trends in employment, areas of interest, students’ skills, and prospective career paths and help develop a plan to reach each student’s career goals. SSS students will complete the Career Dimensions Planning System.
- Childcare/Transportation Stipends: Up to $15,000 in childcare/transportation stipends via the Occupational Student Success Program are available to participants pursuing degrees in Applied Science in Business, Applied Science in Technology, Applied Science in Allied Health, and Applied Science in Nursing. The funding is an allocation from annual funds issued to Glen Oaks through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.
- Resource Referral: SSS staff are knowledgeable about area social services (for needs like food assistance, shelter, child care, mental healthcare, etc. and can provide appropriate referrals and contact information.
- Scholarships: Student Support Services will award several scholarships to active participants each year.
- Leadership Activities: Each year, the SSS program will bring students to the TRiO Student Leadership Conference to foster leadership development.
- Assistance for students with disabilities: Through partnership with Disability Support Services, SSS staff will work with students to determine the need for academic accommodations due to a documented disability.
- College Visits: Visit area four-year colleges and universities with a group of your SSS peers and staff to learn about academic programs, admissions, transfer scholarships and more.
- Transfer Advising: Through discussion with a knowledgeable SSS staff person, learn about research tools that can be used to identify four-year colleges and universities offering the programs you’re interested in, determine which GOCC courses will transfer, and develop a plan to transfer smoothly.
- Financial Aid Help: SSS staff will partner with GOCC’s Financial Aid office to assist students with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applying for GOCC, local, state and national scholarships.
Contact the TRiO Student Support Services Program
Phone: (269) 294-4324
Located in Student Services
Funded by the US Department of Education
Student Support Services is federally funded at 83% by the U.S. Dept. of
Education in the amount of $212,888 and 17% funded by Glen Oaks Community
College for the 2012-2013 year.