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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Francisco Baez

Francisco Baez
Francisco Baez recalls the days when he use to struggle in college. He attributes his success while at Hancock to his participation in the CAN/TRIO program. Francisco says that CAN impacted his life tremendously during his time at AHC; he received the guidance he needed to complete an associate’s and transfer to a four-yr university. Being a participant of CAN encouraged him to network and become more involved in his community. It also helped him grow as an individual and helped him get out of his comfort zone. Francisco overcame dropping classes with a “W” by meeting with professors during office hours. Apart from being a full-time student, he also worked throughout the semester, and learned to manage his time wisely. Francisco graduated from San Jose State University in 2018.

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Last Modified Jul 25, 2018