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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Ulises recalls not being motivated in high school. When he came to Hancock, he resolved to immerse himself in the campus community. He served as a representative for students on the ASBG for two of his three years at AHC as the Executive Assistant and subsequent President. He also participated with the Dream Club, CAN Club, and launched his own club called "Follow Polo" for students interested in politics. Mr. Serrano's involvement on campus was further extended when he began working for the College Achievement Now program as a Peer Mentor. He also became involved with the greater Santa Maria community by participating with city and county-based organizations like LULAC and the Fund for Santa Barbara. Despite all of this involvement, Ulises managed to stay academically motivated and balanced his studies alongside his activities. Ulises credits his experience on the College Achievement Now program for motivating him to stretch his degree aspirations and now plans to pursue a Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley. Transferred: Fall 2013 to UC BerkeleyMajor: Political Science