TRiO Helps Students Overcome Barriers to Higher Education
TRiO is a counseling program for first generation and low-income students whose educational goal is to receive an Associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year university. TRiO can also support students interested in certificate programs. From workshops to transfer assistance, TRiO offers an array of support services, information, and motivation to its students.
You must meet the following minimum qualifications to join TRiO:
- You are a first generation students (neither parent has obtained a four-year degree or higher) AND
- You are low income OR have a documented disability
All TRiO students are required to do the following as part of the program:
- Meet with a TRiO counselor three times each semester.
- Follow a current My Academic Plan (MAP)
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Attend TRiO New Student Orientation
- Attend one workshop
- Maintain financial literacy
TRiO students gain extra guidance from faculty members through the Sierra College Mentor Program. This program is a very important part of TRiO as it breeds positive relationships from all walks of life right here on campus.
BENEFITS OF A MENTOR
A mentor is an experienced adviser and supporter who acts as a counselor, motivator, and guiding force in your career. With a mentor, you gain:
- Increased awareness of the college system
- Increased interpersonal skills
- Enhanced decision-making skills
- Skills and resources needed to succeed as scholar and professional
- Support and encouragement
- Motivation to develop individual talents and strengths
- Encouragement to become more motivated, self-disciplined and goal oriented
- The comfort of knowing that a faculty member of the Sierra College campus has a sincere and active interest in your well-being
Let your TRiO counselor know you’re interested in a mentor, and we’ll find a match fit for your needs.
What is a first generation student?
If your birth or adoptive parent as not earned a four-year degree, you are a first generation student.
How do I know if I meet the low income requirement?
If you qualify for Bog A, B, or C waiver you may qualify for TRiO services and are encouraged to apply.
Can I qualify if I have a documented disability but am not low income?
Yes. TRiO can take in disabled students that do not meet the low income requirement.
- Priority Registration
- Students will likely get the courses of their choice each semester by being allowed to register early.
- Academic Counseling
- Receive one-on-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 achieve your academic and financial goals.
- TRiO will support you with academic tutoring.
- Campus Tours
- Free field trips to four-year universities. Transportation and food included!
- TRiO offers workshops that teach academic, financial and personal success.
- Book Voucher
- Students that complete their semester requirements will receive financial textbook help in the form of a book voucher in the Sierra College Bookstore.
- 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. These events include everything from museum trips to Broadway productions.
- Connect with other students like you who want to be successful in college and in life.