|TRiO-SSS is a program designed to provide academic development opportunities to students who are currently receiving the Federal Pell Grant while motivating students to successfully complete a postsecondary education.|
Annette Toms, TRiO-SSS Director, has worked in higher education for more than 30 years teaching, advising, counseling, and doing motivational speaking. She loves this career and feels this is a calling in her life. She feels her work truly gives her purpose and allows her to stay and think young while helping students recognize and reach their college, personal, and career goals! Annette earned her Associate degree from Isothermal Community College and then went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UNC Charlotte. Her Masters of Education degree in Counseling and Higher Education Administration were also earned at UNC Charlotte. She also has an AS degree in Mortuary Science and has worked on her doctoral degree at Syracuse University. She states, “This has been very rewarding for me both personally and professionally.”
Betty Z Taylor has been an Academic Advisor for the TRIO-SSS program since fall of 2011. She has worked in higher education since 1989, in the areas of admissions, counseling, academic orientation, and teaching. Her passion is working with college students, to assist them in reaching their academic goals!
She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Western Illinois University and a Master's degree in Human Development & Counseling from Bradley University.
Antonio Jefferson, Counselor, joined CCC and the TRiO-SSS team in early January 2017. He was previously the Director of the Multicultural Center at Connecticut College, a small liberal arts college located in New London, CT. He received his Bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and his Master's from Florida International University (Miami, FL). As a graduate of a TRIO Upward Bound Program, he has direct experience and an understanding of the important role these programs play in supporting students through their college experience.
Kathy Jones is our Administrative Assistant and she has been at CCC since April 2016. She earned her Associate’s degree in Office Administration at Western Piedmont Community College and has been a secretary in various education institutes for 25+ years. She comes to the North Carolina foothills from the coastal area of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Who is eligible to participate in TRiO-SSS services?
You are eligible for TRiO-Student Support Services if you are a first-generation college student, if you have financial need, or if you have a documented disability. First-generation college students are students who do not have a parent who received a four-year college degree. Financial need means that your income or your family’s income falls below the income figure determined by the federal government, based on family size. A documented disability is a physical, learning, or psychological disability which has been verified by a licensed medical doctor.
How do I apply for TRiO-SSS?
You can get an application for TRiO-SSS in the Student Success Center on the second floor of the Jack Hunt Campus Center. An interview will be required before you can be accepted. Once you are accepted, there is no cost to participate, but you will be required to be active in our programs, such as tutoring and advising. Our services and requirements are designed to ensure your success here at CCC and beyond. We’re committed to making your college experience rewarding!
What are some of the services provided by TRiO-SSS?
Our academic services include tutoring in a variety of subject areas, one-on-one academic advising and educational planning, free workshops and seminars on study skills and organization, and mentoring opportunities to help you set personal and academic goals. We may also be able to arrange visits to colleges and universities you would like to attend.
Our counseling and financial aid services include personal assistance with applications to four-year universities and financial aid applications. We will help you explore both public and private scholarships. We also provide personal, career, and academic counseling to help you set and meet personal and academic goals.
As a participant in the TRiO-SSS program, you will have opportunities to participate in on- and off-campus cultural enrichment activities which will educate and enhance your college experience. These activities will be free or provided at a reduced rate.
- Daily study time outside of class (2 hrs. for each class)
- Take time to study more and work and socialize less.
- Read and understand the syllabus for each class.
- Get to know your Instructors name
- Sign up for weekly tutoring! We guarantee that you will be happy with the positive results.
"The TRIO Program was instrumental in helping me organize my career path. As a first-generation student, college was intimidating, but with the help I received on my journey I was able to succeed in my career and graduate as Class of 2017.I'm so grateful and thankful for the people that helped me and the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program. I will always remember the encouragement and support the staff provided me. I look forward to being an inspiration for other first-generation students."- Maria Mendoza-Pineda, Class of 2017M
"This is my second semester at CCC. I completely relate to the difficulties of being a first-generation college student. I recently joined a program called "TRIO" here at the college. TRIO is a program that can help assist you through college and is set up for first-generation students. TRIO has college tours available that they take us on for FREE! They also help prepare you for your future by helping get internships, counseling and other very important resources. They also help you with the transfer application process. I highly recommend that you look into it because it is a great program!"- ACA 122 Blackboard Response, Cleveland Community College