TRIO Student Support | OCTC

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 bachelors degree), or individuals who are income eligible. The goal of the program is to reduce barriers to help students successfully complete classes, graduate, and/or transfer to a 4-year institution. Once students become active members, they remain a member and receive our services for the duration of their college career.

Owensboro Community & Technical College 
TRiO Student Support Services

TRIO will provide:

  • Academic advising and intervention throughout the year
  • Free tutoring support
  • Career advising and networking opportunities
  • Resume 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 have high school diploma or GED
  • Must be income eligible, 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:

  • Meet TRiO advisor each semester
  • Attend a peer panel each semester
  • Meet with a peer coach
  • Complete a financial literacy session

OCTC TRiO Student Testimonies:



We are located upstairs in the Learning Resource Center (Library), Room 206.

We are so excited to work with you at TRiO!

The ladies of TRiO: Mary Bruner, Beck Hodskins, and Lindsey Greer