Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TRIO Start to Finish

Many Vol State students need guidance during college- not just class advising, but resources, mentors and support systems as well.  There’s a college program to help meet your needs: TRIO.

TRIO is a program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides student support services to students who are:
·         Low-income
·         Disabled
·         First-generation college students

The program’s goal is to help students graduate or transfer to universities.  Not only do they provide academic advising and tutoring, they offer culturally-enriching field trips, class tools and equipment, financial literacy, career opportunities, and much more.

“They make the transfer path really seamless for students,” said alumna Rachel Keyes, “I’ve sat down with [TRIO program coordinator] Jean Colello for hours, just looking at specific courses, researching scholarship opportunities and grants, and other ways to maximize my university experience.”  TRIO is also concerned about their students’ holistic college experience, which includes community involvement and communicating with faculty.  “[TRIO] has been my solid support system through everything.  They really encouraged and motivated me to keep moving forward when I wanted to give up.  I’ve gone to them for some of the most difficult challenges in my personal life, and they really opened my eyes to the possibilities I have as a student when I limited myself in my own thinking…. Whether it be for academic or personal stuff, they’ve been my family [at Vol State].”

Program applications are accepted throughout the year, but there are limited openings, so students may be put on a waiting list.  Interested students should stop by the TRIO Student Support Services in the Wood Campus Center, call them at (615) 230-3732, or visit for more information. 

-Gloria Cortes

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