Student Support Services (SSS) is:
A federally funded, student-oriented program that offers supportive services to help its participants achieve success.
The services provided through TRiO are designed to help participants maximize their effectiveness as students and make informed decisions which will lead to a successful graduation and/or transfer. Each TRiO participant is assigned an academic coach (advisor) who offers students the kind of support necessary to take them from enrollment through graduation/transfer. Coaches are dedicated to providing individualized assistance that will enhance the academic, professional, and personal potential of the students who participate in the program.
- Benefits of Student Support Services
- Participation Requirements
- SSS Staff
- Contact Information
The program orientation is held at the beginning of each semester and is required for TRiO participants to attend. This allows students to meet with other TRiO participants and gain skills to use throughout their college career. Students also complete their required workshops each semester by attending this orientation.
- Academic advising, transfer advising, and encouragement to help you achieve your educational goals.
- A wide variety of success skills workshops available both online and in the classroom.
- Monitoring of your Academic Progress and development of a plan for academic success..
- Free individualized tutoring in Math, English, and Science, including One on One Peer Tutoring.
- Laptop, Tablet, and IPad Lending.
- Textbook Lending Program.
- Confidentiality of personal information.
- Referrals to other sources of assistance, as appropriate.
- Grant Aid Scholarships.
- Cultural events/ special topic workshops.
- Career advising is available.
- Assistance with College Applications and Financial Aid.
- Assistance with Scholarship exploration.
- Transfer transition services including transfer advising and assistance.
- Visits to Area Universities.
- and More!
“TRiO helped me to achieve my dream of a bigger and better things, like transferring to a four year college.” -Kate Whitehouse, TRiO Student since 2014
Grant Aid Scholarships:
Each year, 10 to 15 Program participants will receive a $560.00 Grand Aid Scholarship.
(Funding provided by the US Department of Education)
Must meet one of the following criteria:
1. First generation college student (meaning neither parent has a Bachelor's degree)
2. Low Income-Eligible for Financial Aid
3. Student with a disability
To determine eligibility status, please submit an application.
Meet with your TRiO advisor at least three times per semester for: Carrer exploration, Transfer advisement, Financial Aid advisement, and personal advisement.
- Consult with your TRiO advisor prior to registration, schedule changes, and to review mid-term evaluations.
- Attend the TRiO Orientation and complete at least Two Workshops per semester, one of which must be a Financial Literacy workshop.
- Consult with your TRiO advisor if you are experiencing problems with school, home, or work, that affect you academic performance.
- Attend all scheduled appointments and respond to phone calls and correspondence. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please contact the TRiO office and reschedule your missed appointment.
- Regular class attendance, completion of assignments, and utilization of the Learning Assistance Center (LAC).
All Workshops can be accessed on the TRiO Moodle page. Talk with your TRiO advisor to learn how you can access these valuable workshops.
- Financial Literacy
- Carrer Exploration
- Transfer Tips
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Time Management
- Balancing Your Life
- Learing Styles
- Writing Tips
- Grade Recovery
- Study Skills for Math and Science
- Critical Thinking
- Test Taking
- Stress Relief
- And More!
"TRiO provided me assistance with fulfilling my volunteer hours for my scholarship." -Dakota Geesey, TRiO student since 2013
Tedra S. Mewhirter
Tedra is a SVCC, TRIO, & PTK Alumni. She holds an Associate in Science Degree, Bachelor in Psychology, and a Master Degree in Organization Leadership. She has worked with the Single Parent Committee for the past five years and is a mother of two daughters who currently attend Sterling High School. As a former mental health professional at Sinnissippi Centers Tedra is equipped to discuss strategies for empowerment and guide students to the resources they need to be successful. Tedra is a Sterling native and is familiar with the barriers that Program students often have to overcome. She created and advises the Social Justice Organization on campus to provide opportunities for TRiO students to be engaged and conscientious leaders. As the Transfer and Program advisor she has over six years of experience in guiding students towards academic and transfer success.
Tutoring and Career Services Advisor
Joe Bright was a first generation college student who graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 2013. After obtaining a degree he started working for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission in high schools throughout the Sauk Valley Area. Now Joe works at SVCC in the TRiO program and is excited to continue assisting area students.
SSS Program Assistant
Kari is a 2013 Sauk Valley Community College graduate who holds a Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. Shortly after graduation, Kari became employed with SVCC as Administrative Assistant to the TRiO Student Support Services Program. Her experiences as a nontraditional, first generation student drives her desire to assist other students who are in similar situations.
Student Support Services Office is located in room 1H2
SVCC provides equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service.