What is TRiO SSS?

TRiO LogoWe 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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Wilbaldo Acevedo

Wilbaldo Acevedo
During his senior year of high school Wil was accepted to 9 universities around the state. Instead of going straight to a university, he opted to attend Allan Hancock College (AHC) to both save money and clarify his career ambitions. Initially, Wil planned a career as a Mechanical Engineer, but after some time at AHC he decided to pursue Psychology. This enabled him to indulge his interest in brain physiology and cognitive development and processes. Although he changed majors, Wil has always been committed to completing his goals and therefore graduated from AHC with six associate degrees in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math, and two in Liberal Studies. Wil plans to obtain a Ph.D. by age 30 and conduct research, provide therapy and teach for a living. Wil participated with the College Achievement Now program since its inception both as a participant and a Peer Mentor. It was during this time in his role as a Mentor that he says he grew and decided to strive for more. We know Wil's ambition will take him far.
Transferred: UC Davis 2013
Major: Psychology
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