What is TRiO SSS?
We are a TRIO SSS! TRIO provides the funding and regulation for the CAN program. The
Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed
to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO
includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation
college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic
pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training
program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.
The recipients of the grants, depending on the specific program, are institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations
including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth
and secondary schools. Combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations
may also apply for grants. These entities plan, develop and carry out the services
for students. While individual students are served by these entities, they may not
apply for grants under these programs. Additionally, in order to be served by one
of these programs, a student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted
into a funded project that serves the institution or school that student is attending
or the area in which the student lives.
Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education
to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college
requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary
education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current
SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063). The goal of SSS
is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. For
more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website at www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html
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Mariela came to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. She graduated from a local high school here in Santa Maria and began her college career at AHC in 2008. Mariela's academic and career goals are to master the English language and give back to her community as a social worker. She knew she would transfer to a university and pursue a Bachelor's degree, so she applied to College Achievement Now (CAN) to receive transfer counseling. While at Hancock, Mariela also participated with the "green" club, Cal-SOAP, EOPS and volunteered at her church and local charities. She is now attending Fresno State as a junior and plans to graduate in 2014.
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