For eligible students, Thomas has a dedicated TRIO Student Support Services Program. Funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant, the program provides academic and personal support to students who are low income, first generation, and/or who have an identified disability. The benefits include individualized academic coaching, financial literacy development, college planning support for families, and more.
Students participating in TRIO Student Support Services benefit from:
Individualized academic coaching
TRIO Student Support Services participants work with an academic coach during their time at Thomas College. Academic coaching is an individualized approach to student success that builds on a student’s academic strengths and fosters success through targeted one-on-one meetings with a professional TRIO Student Support Services staff member.
Academic coaches work with TRIO Student Support Services participants to create individualized success plans that focus on academic development, financial literacy development, and personal development. They help students translate their own goals into actions!
May intensive course
At the end of May, TRIO Student Support Services offers an intensive course for TRIO Student Support Services participants. Similar to EDGE, the May intensive course allows students to earn a free three-credit course in the week after the spring semester ends. This course will count toward their degree completion.
Financial literacy training
TRIO Student Support Services participants will have the opportunity to work with their academic coach to develop financial literacy. TRIO Student Support Services staff work with students on creating budgets, navigating the financial aid process, prioritizing costs, introducing the SALT Program, helping to locate scholarships and educating students about loans.
Guaranteed Job Program coaching
The Guaranteed Job Program is a unique benefit to all qualifying students at Thomas College. TRIO Student Support Services participants will work closely with their academic coach to make sure that they are meeting the requirements each year to be eligible for the program.
College planning support for families
TRIO Student Support Services works to send information to home to families about upcoming important dates and deadlines that are relevant to their students. The program also provides information on the educational workshops and cultural events that are available to their students that are participating in the TRIO Student Support Services Program.
Graduate or professional school application assistance
TRIO Student Support Services academic coaches work with students who are interested in pursuing graduate school or professional school after graduating from Thomas College. TRIO Student Support Services participants will receive guidance from start to finish – from identifying schools to programs, to receiving help filling out the application, to preparing for interviews and graduate exams.
TRIO Student Council
The mission of the TRIO SSS Student Council at Thomas College is to promote advocacy, community, leadership, and student development opportunities for participants and establish a tangible TRIO community on the Thomas College campus. The TRIO Student Support Services Student Council will be made up of at least 5 volunteer TRIO SSS active participants. Their focus will be to work together to promote the program to fellow students, work closely with their classmates and other council members to promote TRIO sponsored campus events, and to build a TRIO community.
Educational Workshops and Cultural Events
To participate, students are encouraged to complete the form below. The Director of TRIO Student Support Services will review each student’s eligibility based on the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited for a meeting with an academic coach to discuss their participation.
This grant is funded by the US Department of Education (Grant Amount, $218,000) with additional support from Thomas College.
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