ICC serves more than 225 first-generation college students, low-income students and students with disabilities through the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program each year. With the US Department of Education awarding an additional $50 million to TRIO programs across the nation, ICC is receiving a 4.5 percent increase in funding totaling over $332,000 to support the program’s efforts.
TRIO SSS provides students with support and services in academic tutoring and coaching, social activities, workshops, mentoring and transfer information. Awarded funds will support these efforts as well as the salaries of five TRIO SSS employees at ICC. Having the right mentors and resources in place is key to student success.
“Our program provides individualized academic support for students who are first generation, of limited income or who have a disability,” says ICC TRIO SSS Director Breta Campus. “Our staff are incredibly humbled and honored to provide these services to help students succeed. We would not be able to do such meaningful work without such support and funding.”
TRIO SSS was implemented at ICC in 1993 and has impacted thousands of students since. ICC is currently in the process of writing a proposal that will permit the ICC TRIO SSS program to continue for the next five years.
“We are very proud of the program we have built for our students,” says Campus. "We look forward to the next five years knowing only more growth and opportunity are on the way for our students at ICC.”
The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student support 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.