TRIO Student Support Services

  • TRIO Student Support Services at SCC 

    TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) is an academic support program at SCC that offers a variety of services and activities to assist SCC students in reaching their academic and career goals. This program falls under SCC's Student Affairs Division and is funded through the federal TRIO grant.

    The goals of TRIO SSS are to help students stay in school, graduate with college degrees, and continue their education by transferring to four-year colleges and universities. 

    To help students succeed academically, TRIO SSS services and activities focus on students' individual learning needs. TRIO SSS not only helps students succeed at the associate degree level but also offers a variety of transfer-related services to encourage students to further their education by transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

    Services

    To help students reach their goals, TRIO SSS offers academic and career-related services free of charge.

    • Tutoring – One-on-one tutoring and/or small group tutoring provide students with additional opportunities to learn course material. Students who are assigned a tutor meet with their tutors weekly to increase their understanding of course material and improve their academic performance. 

    • Assistance with study skills – Study skills workshops, one-on-one academic counseling sessions, and study skills inventories help students develop their skills and improve their academic performance. Examples of study skills topics with which we assist students are test preparation, reading strategies, note-taking, time management, and test anxiety.

    • Assistance with career goals – Career development workshops and career counseling services help student learn about specific careers and develop valuable skills such as resume-writing and job interviewing.

    • Assistance with transfer planning – TRIO SSS offers individualized transfer planning sessions, tours of nearby four-year college campuses, and transfer workshops.

    • Peer mentoring – Often students can learn a lot from their fellow classmates. For that reason, we provide students the opportunity to “learn the ropes” of being a student at SCC by matching them with fellow experienced and successful TRIO SSS students. Emphasis is placed on study skills and increasing awareness and utilization of campus resources.

    • Cultural activities – To assist our students in increasing their cultural awareness, TRIO SSS sponsors several cultural activities each year. Activities vary from trips to museums, state parks, concerts and plays to on-campus presentations by guest speakers.

    • TRIO SSS Council – Council meetings are informal gatherings where students can interact with fellow TRIO SSS members. Members serve the Spartanburg community by volunteering with community service projects each semester. 

    • Financial/economic literacy servicesTRIO SSS provides workshops, referrals, a resource directory, connection to community providers and computer-based instruction to help you increase your understanding of your personal finances and global economic issues.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for TRIO SSS, students must 
    1. Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in an associate degree program at SCC 
    2. Plan to graduate with an associate degree from SCC
    3. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible for federal student financial aid
    4. Be working on his or her first college degree
    5. Have completed or placed out of RDG 032 and have 2 or fewer developmental courses to complete
    6. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
    7. Meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be a first generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year college degree or the custodial parent in a single-parent family does not have a 4-year college degree) OR
    • Currently reside in an economically disadvantaged household (Success Network will help you determine if you meet this criteria) OR
    • Have a documented disability
    Additional eligibility criteria may also apply.  If you are not sure if you are eligible for TRIO SSS, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your eligibility. 

    Application Procedures

    Students must complete an application in order to be considered for membership in TRIO SSS. Applications may be obtained from the Success Network office or from our website. Completed applications can be submitted to TRIO SSS online, in person, by fax, or by mail. Once you submit your application, a TRIO SSS staff member will contact you to discuss your eligibility, academic needs, the status of your application, and the remaining steps in the application process.
     
    Apply for TRIO SSS Online
    Download and Print PDF of TRIO SSS Application
     
    Completed applications can be submitted to our office E-44 of the East Building on the central campus, by fax at (864) 592-4915, or mail to:
    Spartanburg Community College
    TRIO SSS
    P.O. Box 4386
    Spartanburg, S.C.  29305
     

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    Success Network is a Student Support Services program funded 100% through a federal TRIO grant in the amount of $276,570 annually by the U.S. Department of Education.