TRiO Student Support Services

What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Student of the Month: TANYA BENNETT

Hello my name is Tanya Bennett and I am studying Community Development. I am also a non-traditional student and a mother of two young men who I am very proud of. I decided to come back to school to acquire the skills needed to become an effective change agent for my rural community.  I was raised in Orange County, California where both my boys we born. I enjoyed a fun career as a corporate caterer and wedding coordinator.  As my youngest got closer to school age it became evident that he needed my attention. I decided to move to Southern Oregon here I could be around family and take a job that required less of my time. I became active in school, Boy Scouts, and Little League. We had a lot of fun and my sons did very well. My boys have now grown and had to move away for school. I continued to work at the school and with the youth in my area. Over the years there has been a huge shift in the opportunities for the youth. There is not enough parent participation to keep actives alive for the youth.  This is greatly affecting the outcome of the youth in my area and I want to change it. There are so many contributing factors but the bottom line is that the youth are suffering. This is changing their ability to become successful and productive adults. This is not just happening in my small rural area but all over our country.   I know there is a way to effective change in our rural communities, so I am here to gain as much wisdom and skills I can to be part of this change for their future and advocate for their rights that others might not be able to do so.  The power to educate our youth has never been more important and yet the cost of higher education has only increased, I am grateful to the staff and have excelled part of the TRIO - SSS program and the support it has provided me.