Student Support Services • About Us

TRiO Programs work

because they are:

• One-on-one

• Performance-based

• Focused on early intervention

• Targeted toward first-

   generation and low-income

• Built on relationships

• Consistent and intense

• Comprehensive and cultural

• Reality-based

• Community-based

• Non-bureaucratic

"Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, 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 referred to as the TRiO programs ( initially just three programs ). While student financial aid programs overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Over 2,600 TRiO programs currently serve nearly 872,000 low-income Americans." 

from  "What is TRIO?"

Student Support Services is a component of the TRiO federal grant programs which helps low-income students achieve a college education. Students are now being served at 938 colleges and universities nationwide in the Student Support Services programs. Each programs focuses on helping low-income students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled college students, receive tutoring, counseling and remedial instruction.

Midland College received the SSS grant for the first time in September of 2001. SSS is the second TRiO program on our campus. The Upward Bound grant is also a TRiO program which serves a younger target population. It was first funded on the Midland College campus in 1999 and Talent Search, another federally funded program, was funded in 2002.

Midland College Student Support Services seeks to serve 160 participants who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Midland College. Participants should be seeking an Associates degree at Midland College or planning to transfer to a four year institution upon completing course work here at MC.

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"Helping to bridge the gap" 

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MC Student Support Services
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 129
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas
(432) 686-4286