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 first generation, are from families of modest incomes, and/or who have an identified disability. The benefits include individualized academic coaching, financial literacy development, college planning support for families, and more.
“Being part of the TRIO program at Thomas College helped me significantly with adjusting through my first year, and reaching my goals while maintaining my physical and emotional health.”
-Arynne Barns, Third-year TRIO student
Students participating in TRIO Student Support Services benefit from:
Individualized academic coaching
TRIO Student Support Services participants work with a TRIO Specialist 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.
TRIO Specialists 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.
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 TRIO Specialist 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 Specialists 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.
Educational Workshops and Cultural Events
Educational workshops and cultural opportunities will be available to TRIO participants. Some examples of the events and programming we have provided are: office open houses, graduate school fairs, career fairs, museum trips, and outdoor excursions.
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 a TRIO Specialist 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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