What is TRiO SSS?
We are a TRIO SSS! TRIO provides the funding and regulation for the CAN program. The
Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed
to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO
includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation
college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic
pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training
program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.
The recipients of the grants, depending on the specific program, are institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations
including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth
and secondary schools. Combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations
may also apply for grants. These entities plan, develop and carry out the services
for students. While individual students are served by these entities, they may not
apply for grants under these programs. Additionally, in order to be served by one
of these programs, a student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted
into a funded project that serves the institution or school that student is attending
or the area in which the student lives.
Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education
to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college
requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary
education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current
SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063). The goal of SSS
is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. For
more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website at www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html
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Kim attended AHC immediately after high school. She began with an early understanding that she wanted to transfer to a four-year university but had no understanding of the transfer process. Kim applied for a job with College Achievement Now (CAN) during her first year at AHC and became both an employee and participant of the program. During her employment, Kim used her creative skills to craft and assist with various projects. This experience helped her realized she wanted to pursue a career in design. She changed her major and began looking at UCs that would allow her to pursue her new goal. Also while at AHC, Kim performed in the Dance Spectrum and Dimensions in Dance events. She was an intern for congresswoman Lois Capps. Kim's ingenuity, background in business administration, and future training as a designer, will undoubtedly help her accomplish her long-term plans of owning a design business in Southern California after college. She transfers to Davis in the fall of 2013. Transferred: Fall 2013 to UC DavisMajor: Design