TRiO Student Support Services
Since 2001, TRiO Student Support Services at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has been providing free academic and personal support to 160 eligible students every year. The program is aimed at increasing students' college success and assisting them in transferring to four-year colleges and universities all over the United States. TRiO students have been accepted to many top US colleges including USC, Ohio State, University of Washington, Washington State, along with local colleges including, PLU, UPS, Central, Evergreen and many others. The Department of Education began TRiO SSS in 1968 and since that time, it has grown into over 1000 TRiO SSS programs in our support network. With that many programs across the country, we can refer you to other TRiO programs at many of the 4-year colleges and universities you want to transfer to.
TRiO SSS at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom provides proactive advising, structured events and activities plus two free classes that each offer 2 college-level credits. These classes include a transfer course that helps students build personal resources for when it is time to successfully transfer to a 4-year college and a financial literacy course that helps students with money and debt management. Comprehensive, early assessment and ongoing interaction with advisors give students effective, personal educational plans that incorporate their long-term goals.
The free, federally-funded TRiO program also offers educational, motivational, and cultural activities, financial aid and career counseling, tutoring, and transfer assistance.
TRiO Student Support Services program is funded 100% through a federal TRiO grant by the U.S. Department of Education until August 31st, 2020.