TRIO at Westmoreland County Community College
TRIO/SSS is a federally funded support program that strives to help students succeed in college, continue to enroll in courses and either graduate or transfer to a senior institution. Its goal is to provide support, encourage excellence and help students achieve academic success!
TRIO is located at the Youngwood campus inside the Business & Industry Center (BIC) Room 4401.
To be eligible for services through TRIO/SSS, students must demonstrate academic need and meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a first-generation college student
- Have low income
- Have a disability
Academic, personal and career counseling designed to help students meet their academic and personal goals are provided by professional counselors.
Your TRIO counselor will work with the staff of the College Learning Center (CLC) to arrange appropriate tutoring services for you. To obtain tutoring services, stop by the CLC to fill out an application and identify yourself as a TRIO student or stop in to see your TRIO counselor.
Each semester there are opportunities for students to attend workshops, lunch & learn activities, fairs and so much more!
All TRIO/SSS students receive a written mid-term grade report that details their progress in each class. Instructors have the opportunity to make comments to further support student success. Reports are issued in the fall and spring semesters.
New TRIO students will be offered the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor (faculty, staff or peer) who can offer them guidance and support.
The Westmoreland Wire, issued twice a semester, provides useful information on campus services, activities, important dates and helpful tips. Read the January 2018 Wire
There are many opportunities for TRIO/SSS students to participate in cultural activities both off and on campus. Upcoming events include:
- The National Aviary – Friday, March 8, 2019
- University of Pittsburgh Tour & visit to Pittsburgh – Friday, March 22, 2019
- Carnegie Science Center – Friday, April 26, 2019
These trips are for TRIO students only. Watch your Westmoreland email for details and RSVP information and sign up to receive an early alert to RSVP by texting @triowest to 81010 (412-685-4721).
TRIO/SSS students who are Pell grant eligible have the opportunity to compete for a special scholarship award.
Meet the Staff
Get to know the counselors and other staff members here.
How to Apply
Interested in becoming a TRIO/SSS participant? Download the TRIO/SSS initial interview form.
Once you have downloaded and filled out the form, you may email it to TRIO@my.westmoreland.edu with "Interested in TRIO/SSS" in the subject line.
Once the TRIO/SSS staff receive your form, we will determine if you are eligible to become a participant in TRIO/SSS. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive notification in the mail.