SERVICES AND RESOURCES
The Student Support Services TRiO Program offers students various services and resources including but not limited to:
Counselors provide new students with an orientation to the Program, and provide information about student expectations, campus services and resources, course registraiton, financial aid, satisfactory academic progress, scholastic probation, lack-of-progress probation, core requirements, and other useful information for first-time students.
ACADEMIC & PERSONAL COUNSELING
Students work with counselors to develop an individualized Student Education Plan (SEP), which includes both a short-term plan (Abbreviated Plan) and long-term plan (Comprehensive Plan). Counselors assist students in exploring career/professional goals, developing academic skills and strategies, and preparing for opportunities in the job market and/or university. Counselors also support students through psychological and/or emotional issues, and help address personal matters, which may impact their academic success.
Counselors assist students in the career exploration process by providing them with guidance counseling and various career exploration tools. In addition, counselors may also refer students to the IVC Career Technical Center (CTE) to further engage in career exploraton and/or prepare for employment.
Program participation grants students with "priority registration status," which helps students secure course enrollment and remain on track for completing their Program of Study in a timely manner.
All students in the Program complete the Smater Measure Non-Cognitive Skills & Student Readiness Assessment, which shed light on student's non-academic dispositional skills and abilities, and in turn help counselors better understand and support thier students.
Counselors engage students in the Academic Monitoring Protocol each semester, which provides students with an opportunity for self-reflection and progress monitoring, and allows program counselors to provide students with timely interventions and academic services such as tutoring, study skills workshops, and/or referals to other support services.
SSS Students may utilize the SSS Lab and study area at their convenience. Printing and copies are available at the SSS Center (via student's PaperCut accounts).
The Program offers students with free pencils, scantrons, note cards, pens, and Blue/Green Books (large & small).
TRANSFER ADVISING & PREPARATION
Students are encouraged to transfer and pursue undergraduate study through participation in college fairs and workshops addressing transfer preparation strategies. Counselors provide students with assistance in completing transfer applications, FAFSA applications, writing personal statements, and providing letters of recommendation upon request.
A diverse range of workshops provide students with opportunities for academic and personal development. Topics, which vary each semester in response to student need, include but are not limited to: study skills, financial literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills, and time management.
Students have access to personalized tutoring services through the Program (by appointment only) and/or by referal to other on-campus tutoring services.
Students can get involved on-campus and engage in community service, fundraising, networking, and leadership opportunities by joining and actively participating in the Student Support Services Club. Club benefits include end-of-the-year field trips, college visits, resume building, and fun social events.
ANNUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY
In the Spring semester, graduating/transfering/certificated SSS students and their families are honored at a ceremony preceding College commencement. Students are recognized for their completion of program study.