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Why should I join TRIO SSS?


We provide outstanding individualized support with many great services that are FREE OF CHARGE for students in our program-- priority registration for SSS students, scholarships available to SSS students, personal counseling available upon request,  visits to four-year transfer institutions and cultural enrichment trips, among many others. By utilizing our services and resources, you will be more likely to achieve your educational goals.


“Without my TRIO advisor, I don't know if I would have made it as far as I have.”

                                                             ​           - Zack, Winter '14 Grad

 

“[TRIO staff are] very encouraging and helpful with everything. If they don't have the answer they will find it for you.”      

                                                                            - Sarah, Fall ’14 Grad

 
What is the process for being accepted as a TRIO SSS student?

 

After you turn in your completed TRIO SSS application, you will be notified via letter of your eligibility for the program. This letter will include information about attending a required TRIO Essentials orientation. After attending TRIO Essentials you will be matched with a TRIO SSS advisor, who will help you get started with using the program's services.


What is "TRIO Essentials?"

TRIO Essentials is a program orientation that must be attended to begin receiving services from the TRIO SSS Program. It involves very important information about TRIO SSS, including an overview of TRIO SSS is, how it is funded and what TRIO SSS can do to help students while they are in the program. During TRIO Essentials you will also learn about navigating college, career planning, online workshops, and SO much more!


What will I be required to do?

Once you’ve applied to the program, you will be required to attend a one-hour session of TRIO Essentials, which is a mandatory orientation to the TRIO program. You will also be required to schedule and attend appointments with your SSS advisor each semester that you attend Glen Oaks as a ​TRIO SSS student.


​I am a dual-enrolled student at GOCC, can I participate in the TRIO SSS program?

Current high school students can complete a TRIO SSS application in the last half of their senior year to be considered for a Fall semester spot in the program. You will be invited to our special program for new high school graduates, Summer Bridge, which is held a week or so before fall classes start as a way to acclimate you to TRIO SSS, GOCC, and college life in general. 


​I have not graduated from high school yet, can I participate in the TRIO SSS program?

Current high school students can complete a TRIO SSS application in the last half of their senior year to be considered for a Fall semester spot in the program. You will be invited to our special program for new high school graduates, Summer Bridge, which is held a week or so before fall classes start as a way to acclimate you to TRIO SSS, GOCC, and college life in general.


If I apply and am accepted, do I have to re-apply each semester?


No, if you apply to TRIO SSS and have been accepted, there is usually no need to
re-apply. However, if you do not take classes in a Fall semester, then you will need to re-apply. Your re-admission will be determined by the TRIO SSS Director.

 

How much time does it take to participate in the TRIO SSS program?

This is up to you—it can take as little as one (1) face-to-face contact per semester or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize and how involved you want to be.


If my TRIO advisor is not available, to whom do I turn for assistance?

If you have an immediate issue that needs to be addressed, please see any SSS staff member for assistance, as we are all happy to help all SSS students.


Does it cost money to join TRIO SSS?

No—everything in the program is FREE to SSS participants!


How many people are in the TRIO SSS program and what are they like?

Each year, the TRIO SSS program serves 140 Glen Oaks students. They are all ages and from all walks of life. Most of the students work part-time, some full-time, and many are heads of households that include dependent children. When it comes to academic achievement, our students earn a wide range of grades from 4.0’s each semester to others struggling to pass their classes.  Basically, the TRIO SSS students are JUST LIKE YOU, so stop in a grab an application today!


Do I have to attend all the workshops?


No, workshops are not mandatory. However they do provide helpful information and skills that can be utilized throughout your college career and beyond. Attending at least one workshop a semester can help you to be eligible for our TRIO SSS Scholars Award scholarship.


Am I eligible for a TRIO SSS scholarship?


In order to be eligible for an SSS scholarship, students must be active in the program each semester as evidenced by at least one (1) in-office meeting with program staff and participation in at least one (1) SSS-approved workshop, maintain a 2.0 GPA,  must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at GOCC, and be registered for the semester the scholarship is awarded. Additional requirements for eligibility apply.  See the TRIO Scholars Award application (in the GO-zone or in the TRIO SSS offices) for more information.


Since TRIO SSS is a federally funded program, does that affect my financial aid?


No, being a member of TRIO SSS does not affect your financial aid.

 



Contact the TRIO Student Support Services Program

Phone: (269) 294-4324
Email: sssprogram@glenoaks.edu
Located in Student Services





TRIO 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 2014-2015 year.