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.

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 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


 Fall 2019 Activities:

Click here for a calendar listing fall activities.


To apply, download the application here. Once completed, you may email it to Becky Hodskins, Lindsey Greer, or Mary Bruner. You may also print the application and submit it in person at the TRIO office.



We are located upstairs in the Learning Resource Center (Library) near TRAC Central.

Contact Us:

Becky Hodskins, Director
Office: LRC-214

Lindsey Greer, Advisor
Office: LRC-206

Mary Bruner, Assistant
Office: LRC-211

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