TRiO Programs

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TRIO Programs 

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs that are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
"The history of TRIO is progressive.  It began with Upward Bound , which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search  the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs."

"Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers.  The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs,  initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program." 

Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science Program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulations as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
Program Mission-The mission of the Student Support Services (SSS) program at Lawson State Community College is to meet the educational, social and personal needs of a diverse student population and to maximize their full academic potential. The SSS Program seeks to solve social, economic and educational problems of first-generation, income eligible and students with disabilities by providing group and individual support services.
Purpose and Goals-The purpose of the program is to increase graduation and retention rates among the population served. The goals of the program are to provide academic support services that help students develop skills that build classroom success, create a supportive learning environment, aid in developing an appreciation for diversity and expose students to cultural and social experiences that will promote the development and maintenance of self-esteem. LSCC has one SSS Program on each of its campuses. Each SSS Program is funded to serve a specific number of eligible students. 

Program Eligibility-To be eligible for the SSS program a student must meet at least one of the following criteria

  1. Neither of your parents has a 4-year degree
  2. You meet specific federal income guidelines federal income guidelines and/or
  3. You possess a documented disability
Lawson State Community College Classic Upward Bound is a pre-college program dedicated tie helping high school students prepare for college or vocational-technical schools. The programs academic and cultural activities help students reach their full academic potential.
Goal-The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which particpants complete secondary education (K-12) and enroll and graduate from institutions of post secondary education 
Program Service Eligibility- Students must either come from a family whose income is within the federal requirements or be a potential first-generation college student (meaning that neither parent nor guardian has completed a 4 year college degree.)
Director: LaSheree Davis -205-929-6339
TRIO SSS Bessemer Campus 
Director: Ms. LaSharron Harris - 205-929-3518
Bessemer Campus Student Support Services Main Office - 205-929-3517
TRIO SSS Birmingham Campus 
Director: Ms. LaTasha Nix - 205-929-6397  
Birmingham Campus Student Support Services Main Office - 205-929-6451