TRIO Student Support

The TRIO program offers academic and personal support for students with disabilities, those who are first-generation college students (meaning neither parent graduated with a bachelor’s degree), or individuals who are low-income.  The goal of the program is to reduce barriers to help students successfully complete classes, graduate, and/or transfer to a 4-year institution.

TRIO will provide:

Academic advising and intervention throughout the year
Free tutoring support
Career advising and networking opportunities
Résumé  preparation and job placement services
Participation in cultural enrichment opportunities
Help applying for and understanding the financial aid process
Financial literacy workshops/budget planning
Visits to four-year institutions to discuss transfer options

Who can participate in TRIO?

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or meet residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at OCTC (priority to full-time status)
  • Must be low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled (priority given if more than one category)
  • Must show demonstrated need for academic support (must meet a minimum of one below)
    • COMPASS placement in development courses
    • College GPA under 2.5
    • Low high-school GPA and/or poor attendance record (of those transitioning from secondary to post-secondary)
    • GED recipient
    • Returning to school after 2 or more years
    • Returning from academic or financial aid probation
    • Undecided major or career
    • Career/major in challenging discipline (engineering, medicine, etc.)
    • Lack of exposure to cultural events

Participants’ Responsibilities:

Check KCTCS email daily
Meet TRiO advisor each semester
 √  Attend tutoring sessions
 √  Attend TRiO workshops and a peer panel each semester


We are located upstairs in the LRC (Library) near TRAC Central.

Contact Us:

Jessica Cecil, Director
Office: LRC-214

Lindsey Greer, Advisor
Office: LRC-206
Mary Bruner, Assistant
Office: LRC-211