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TRiO provides assistance to students who are new or unfamiliar with the college system. Our activities are designed to increase students’ academic success at GHC and assist in transfer to four-year schools.

About TRiO

TRiO is a federally funded program that works with 280 students each year. This gives the TRiO staff the time to get to know you and find out how we can help.

What does TRiO 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!

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
  • FAFSA completion
  • Learning style assessment
  • College transfer strategy
  • Contact with college recruiters
  • Provide workshops designed to help you succeed
  • Cultural and education events

This all comes together in the development of a Master Achievement Plan, where you outline your path to success and we help you meet your goals.

Getting 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.


  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Currently enrolled or accepted to Grays Harbor College.
  3. Meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • A first-generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year degree).
    • Income eligible based on federal standards, if you receive a Pell Grant you may qualify.
    • Receiving services from AccessAbility Services (formerly Disability Support Services).
  4. Have an academic need and be motivated to complete an Associate’s degree from Grays Harbor College.
  5. Will pursue a four-year degree.

Next Steps

We sit down and get to know your plans here at the college. We want to hear about the areas we could be helpful. That could be academics, career planning, or academic planning. During this conversation we look at your school experience and your goals for the future. We want to see what areas we can help with. Either way, we can help!

We are located on the ground floor of the John Spellman Library in Room 1512 & 1514. You can also call us at 360-538-4076.