TRIO - Student Support Services

What Is TRIO Student Support Services?

The Student Support Services program at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus is a federal TRIO grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, designed to assist first-generation, low-income and disabled students with their college education.

TRIO is intended to help students increase their grade point average, stay enrolled in college classes or transfer to a four-year college or university.

What is TRIO?

TRIO is a series of programs established by Congress under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help students overcome the financial, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

What Services Are Available?

  • Computer labs with Internet access
  • Tutoring
  • Assistance with the transfer process
  • Workshops on career development, study skills and test-taking strategies
  • Laptop computer loans
  • Calculator loans
  • Textbook loans
  • College visits
  • Cultural experiences
  • Career information resources
  • Scholarship search assistance 

Spring 2017 Calendar of Events


Strong Interest Inventory Workshop

The Strong Interest Inventory is an assessment to better understand your personal and professional interests. After completing the assessment, we will meet to review the results and discuss how this can inform your educational and career paths. The knowledge you will learn in this workshop is vital to understanding yourself as well as guide you to a fulfilling major and career. *This workshop requires completing the assessment before this date. You must contact Heather Prandini-Shute to complete the assessment. 

When: Thursday, March 30, 3-4 p.m. 

Projecting Success: Interview Workshop

Many students put off building their interview skills until after they have graduated and are looking for a job. However, interviews are becoming an increasingly common component to the selection process for undergraduate internships, competitive scholarships, and admittance to student organizations. Learning how to be your best in situations like these will prepare you for success in the future. Topics will include: types of interviews, typical questions, interview preparation, appropriate dress, and non-verbal behaviors.

When: Tuesday, April 4, 10-10:50 a.m.

Memory Matters

Is memorizing information for tests and exams difficult? Do you find it hard to remember items on a list? Do you often forget your keys, cell phone or wallet? Memory Matters is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will offer techniques and strategies for improving your memory. This workshop is not only helpful for class but also in your daily routine.

When: Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m. to noon

Assertiveness Workshop      

Tired of hearing yourself say “Yes” when you really mean “No”? Do you worry that if you say “No” you will damage a valuable relationship or cause an argument? If so, attend this workshop to learn how to be more assertive and stand up for yourself. Assertiveness is an important communication skill, which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self-esteem. This workshop will cover ways to improve the communication process with instructors and peers, tips for conflict resolution, and how to say no without feeling guilty. 

When: Tuesday, April, 18, 2-2:50 p.m.

Creating a Professional Résumé

Is it time to start your job search? Do you need to create or improve your résumé? If so, this workshop is for you! Creating a Profession Résumé focuses on developing a résumé that will help you achieve your professional goals. We will discuss cover letters, résumé format, and professional language. This interactive workshop will provide the tools needed and a step-by-step guide to creating an effective résumé.

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Making Ends Meet: A Budgeting Workshop

Summer is coming quickly! It is easy to have the fun opportunities, extra time, and great weather influence you to spend more money than you should. Whether you are worried you might get carried away this summer or already feel like you’re drowning in debt, this workshop is for you. The budgeting workshop will show you how to take control of your finances. Topics include: the ins and outs of credit cards; an explanation of loans and the loan process; how to find your credit score and raise it; and ways to avoid getting in a financial bind. This workshop could be your first step to financial freedom!

When: Wednesday, April 26, 10-10:50 a.m.

Test Taking Strategies Workshop

With finals quickly approaching, it is time to focus on the study skill to help you succeed. This is a workshop you will not want to miss. Final Exam Study Skills will address various study techniques and test-taking strategies for multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank and essay exam questions. Remember, finals are just around the corner, so don’t delay getting the help you need.

When: Tuesday, May 9, 10-11 a.m.

If you are interested in attending these workshops and would want to learn more about joining the TRIO Student Support Services program, contact the TRIO office at 618-931-0600, ext. 7443, to apply. 

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible for assistance through Student Support Services if any of the following statements describes you or your situation:

  • You are a first-generation student. Your parents or guardians have not received a four-year bachelor's degree.
  • You receive financial aid. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you may fit the eligible income level.
  • You plan to transfer to a four-year college or university when you graduate from SWIC.
  • You believe you would benefit from extra support, such as tutoring, to succeed in college.
  • You have a documented disability.

What Do Students Have to Say About TRIO?

TRIO Student Support Services has only benefited my college experience since joining. Once I made the decision to enroll in college, the thought of help and motivation from others had not crossed my mind.  From receiving one on one care from staff or even the amazing college trips we took to learn more about prospective colleges, TRIO has definitely given me information as well as motivation that I will use even after college in order to push and better myself to flourish in both my personal life and career. - Justin H.

I love that SSS builds friendly relationships with you and helps you to succeed. - Holly W.

The impact TRIO has played on my education is not limited to academics. Yes, TRIO has lessened the burden to my wallet by loaning books, providing computer access, and tutoring assistance, but what made the most difference to me was the emotional and physical support I received during my second semester at Southwestern Illinois College. It is wonderful knowing that my future lies before me and it is up to me to choose my path. I intend to follow that path into the world of business technology.  - Ticia M.

To Apply

Print and fill out the pre-application form. Then bring the completed form to Room 420 at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus or mail a copy to the address on the form.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the SWGCC Student Support Services Program Office at 618-931-0600, ext. 7443, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 7443; or contact Student Support Services Program Director Cyria Canessa at