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TRiO Student Support Services

We are Here to Help!
TRiO provides all sorts of assistance to students who are new or unfamiliar with the college system. Our activities are designed to increase students’ academic success at the college and assist in transfer to four- year schools.

TRiO is a federally funded program that works with up to 160 students at a time. This gives the TRiO staff a real chance to take the time to get to know the students and find out how we can best help.

What do we do?
The most important thing that TRiO does is Process Education, teaching students how to be successful in the college environment. There are many excellent faculty here who teach specific academic material, but TRiO teaches students how to make it through college with flying colors!


Along with teaching students how to be successful in college, we offer:



● Academic assistance

 

● Transfer planning

 

● College catalogs and materials

 

● Long term academic planning

 

● College visits/tours

 

● Scholarship writing

 

● Reading efficiency      

 

  ● Writing instruction  
  ● FAFSA completion  
  ● Learning style assessment  
  ● College application strategy  
  ● Contact with college recruiters  
  ● Provide college skills workshops  
  ● Cultural and education events  

  ● Financial aid preparation and assistance

 


This all comes together in the development of an Individual Action Plan, where you outline your path to success and we help you meet your goals.

How can you get started?
We look at a few things to get you started; are you eligible, do you have need, and do you want to complete a four-year degree.

To be eligible, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Currently enrolled for 6 credits (or more) at college level or accepted to Grays Harbor College.
  3. A member of one or more of the following:
    • A first-generation college student (meaning that neither parent has received a four-year degree prior to the student turning 18).         
    • Low-income based on federal standards, if you receive a Pell Grant you may qualify.
    • Have a documented physical or learning disability.
  4. Have an academic need and motivated to complete an Associate’s degree from Grays Harbor College and pursue a four-year degree from another college or university.

What’s next?
We sit down and chat about your plans here at the college. We then look to see if there are areas where we could be helpful in your academic pursuits. During this conversation we look at your school experience in the past, present, and your goals for the future to see if there are areas we could help with. For some students it’s one thing and for others it is a combination of factors. Either way, we can help!

What’s your next step?
Stop by our office and talk with us! We are located on the ground floor of the Spellman Library in Room 1514. You can also call us at 360.538.4076.

We are looking forward to talking with you soon!

  JEB Thornton
Director
360.538.4022
jthornto@ghc.edu 
Julie Skokan 
Coordinator
360.538.4036
jskokan@ghc.edu
Jeannette Green
Student Support Specialist
360.538.2518
jgreen@ghc.edu

Kristy Haskey   
FAFSA Facilitator 
360.538.4152  
khaskey@ghc.edu

Michelle Roos  
Program Assistant
360.538.4076
mroos@ghc.edu

 


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A U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, TRIO - Student Support Services is 100% federally funded at $1,192,480 for 5-year grant cycle.