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What is TRiO?

TRiO is a federally funded program for First Generation students which helps students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. TRiO is geared at students whose educational goal is to transfer to a 4-year university after earning their certificate/degree from Sierra College.

Who qualifies to join TRiO?

The minimum qualifications to join TRiO are students who:

  • are First Generation (neither parent obtained a bachelor's degree or higher)
  • are Low Income
  • have a Documented Disability

TRiO Services

Priority Registration

Students will likely get the courses of their choice each semester by being allowed to register early.

Academic Counseling

Receive one-one-one counseling. Develop a student educational plan based on your major, and receive support for your academic needs.

Transfer Counseling

One-on-one counseling focused on transfer requirements and admission deadlines at the university level.

Financial Literacy Tutoring

Learn how to maximize your finances so that you can leave college with the least amount of debt.


Free additional tutoring, help learning effective study and life management skills.   TRiO utilizes its own tutors, as well as LRC tutors.

Campus Tours

Free field trips to 4-year universities, transportation and food included!

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TRiO offers workshops that teach academic, financial and personal success.

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Book Loan

Students who complete their semester requirements, including a minimum overall GPA, are loaned one or more books for the following semester.


TRiO has laptops with full internet access and Microsoft Office 2010.  Students can checkout laptops for use during the school day.

Multicultural Events

TRiO takes field trips to special off-campus events that are geared at broadening student’s perspectives on other cultures.  The goal is to let students experience things they may not otherwise choose to be a part of.  These events include anywhere from plays at local theaters, to sporting events and much much more. 

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What is a first generation student?

If neither of your parents, or your primary parent if you only lived with one the majority of your life, earned a bachelor's degree or higher then you are considered first generation.

How do I know if I meet the low income requirement?

If you qualify for a Bog A or B waiver then you fall under low income status.  Bog C's are not low income, however, you can also qualify by taxable income.  

How do I apply?

Fill out an application and submit it to the TRiO office.  If you are a transfer student, or a first-time college student, you'll need to provide unofficial transcripts along with your application.

Can I qualify if I have a documented disability but am not low income?

Yes.  TRiO can take in a certain percentage of disabled students that do not meet the low income requirement.

What is TRiO?

TRiO is a counseling program for students whose educational goal is to transfer to a 4-year university after earning their degree/certificate from Sierra College.  From workshops to transfer assistance TRiO offers an array of support services, information, and motivation to its students.  Please see TRiO Services for more information.

What will be my responsibilities?

All TRiO students are required to do the following to stay in the program:

  • Meet with the TRiO counselor twice a semester.
  • Follow a current Student Education Plan (SEP).
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  • Attend the "Semester Kickoff Event" each semester
  • Attend at least two of a variety of TRiO-sponsored workshops, events, campus tours, or multicultural events each semester.
  • Before adding or dropping any courses or withdrawing from college, make and keep an appointment with the TRiO counselor.
  • Keep personal information current.

Do campus tours and multicultural events count as a workshop?

Yes.  Campus tours and multicultural events count towards the workshop requirement.

How do I qualify for Book Loan?

TRiO will purchase books to loan for students who meet the Book Loan requirements.  See Book Loan in TRiO Services for more information.


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    Rocklin, CA 95677
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Sydney Gatson Student Services Technician TRIO

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kara Perry Counselor, TRIO

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Susan Akin Parttime Instructor, Counselor, Nevada County Campus

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  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Debbie Kenitzer Student Services Technician, Nevada County Campus

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  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cheri Mathews Part-time Instructor, Counselor, Nevada County Campus

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  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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