TRIO logoSWCC's TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) program recently completed its annual report to the U.S. Department of Education.  They have a lot to be proud of in their efforts to support SWCC students.  The following statistics will give you a glimpse of how SWCC's grant-funded program is doing.
 
• The grant requires that 65 percent of TRIO-SSS students served by the project in the 2007-2008 academic year be retained to the 2008-2009 academic year, graduate, or transfer from a 2-year to a 4-year institution.  Our rate was 86.6%.
• The grant requires that 75% of TRIO-SSS students will remain in academic good standing at the institution…however we set our standard higher at a GPA of 2.20.  88.8% of our students met this standard.
• The grant requires that 45% of TRIO-SSS students that began with us in 2005-2006 will graduate with an associate’s degree by 2007-2008.  Our rate was 51%.
• The grant requires that 20 percent of TRIO-SSS students that began with us in 2005-2006 transfer to a 4-year institution by 2007-2008.  Our rate was 33.3%.

The TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) program provides support and assistance to help college students complete their academic studies at Southwestern Community College and transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. The TRIO-SSS professional staff provides individualized services that address specific needs of students as they confront the challenges of completing a college degree. TRIO-SSS is funded 100% ($263,066) by the U.S. Department of Education and serves 180 participants each academic year. A variety of services are provided to assist students.