TRIO/SSS staff strives to help students make informed decisions related to their majors. Program participants have privileged access to proactive peer tutoring, one-on-one advisement with course selection and registration, monitoring of academic progress and intervention when needed, assistance with ensuring that Satisfactory Academic Progress is met each semester, advocacy with faculty and staff, graduate and professional school planning and preparation, study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, and academic writing workshops, access to computers in the SSS computer lab which includes free photocopying and printing, and early course selection and priority registration.
TRIO/SSS works closely with the Academic Support Center to provide you with a tutor for your various classes. If the Academic Support Center does not have a tutor on hand for your particular class, we will hire one for you.
Financial Aid and Financial Literacy Assistance
TRIO/SSS staff will guide students to secure the appropriate financial resources available through individual counseling, program resources, and cooperation with Shepherd University’s office of Financial Aid.
Individual Success Plan Completion
Students are encouraged to meet with their TRIO/SSS Academic Retention Specialists to complete this Individual Success Plan (ISP). Students will set short and long term goals for the semester and their academic career. Students will work toward completion of these goals in the time frame set.
TRIO/SSS offers workshops on time management, study skills, test-taking strategies and computer literacy that seek to enhance students’ academic and personal development.
Cultural and Educational Activities
TRIO/SSS organizes activities throughout the year to expose students to the cultural richness and diversity in the greater DC area.
Access to TRIO Computer Lab
TRIO/SSS provides computers, printing, copying, scanning, and faxing free of charge to program participants.
Career Counseling and Planning
An undergraduate education is important not only to the development of a student’s knowledge, but also to the nurturing of the student’s future vocation. TRIO/SSS provides career counseling and planning.
Peer Mentor Program
The TRIO/SSS program matches all new incoming participants with an upperclass TRIO/SSS student as their Peer Mentor for their first semester. The Peer Mentor serves as an additional resource for new participants assisting their transition to college and the TRIO/SSS program. The Peer Mentor acts as a good role model of how to be successful at Shepherd in all areas of campus life and discuss any questions or concerns students may have. Whenever possible, matches are made based on shared majors to provide additional academic assistance.
TRIO Living/Learning Community
The TRIO Living/Learning Community gives students the opportunity to live alongside other peers in the TRIO/SSS program. This community is housed within Shaw Hall and the TRIO/SSS program offers workshops and activities right in the building that is open to all participants. Students can walk right down the hall or stairs to attend a valuable workshop!