trio studentsTRIO Student Support Services

What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs for education.  The goals of SSS are to help students graduate from Southwestern, to encourage students to transfer to a four-year college or university and to assist with the transfer process.  To be eligible for SSS, students must apply to the program and meet at least one of the following criteria: neither parent has a four-year (bachelor’s)  degree, meet the federal low income requirements for TRIO programs, or have a documented disability (physical or learning).  SSS services are free and include tutoring, counseling, advising, campus visits to Oregon’s four-year schools, cultural enrichment activities and supplemental grant aid for qualified students.

The Student Support Services project at Southwestern Oregon Community College is one of the TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Division of Special Services for the Disadvantaged. Title IV, Higher Education Act of 1965. One hundred percent of the SSS project at Southwestern is financed by federal funds of approximately $293,000 per year.

 

What Services does SSS offer?

  • Connect-to-Campus Program for new students
  • Designated tutoring and study areas
  • Personal, career, and academic advising
  • Peer mentoring
  • Transfer assistance
  • Campus visits to Oregon's four-year schools
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Supplemental grant aid for eligible students

Skills Assessment  

LASSI - Learning and Study Strategies Inventory
The LASSI provides you with reliable diagnostic information about your strengths and weaknesses in relation to college preparedness (e.g., attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration, information processing, test strategies).  

MBII - Myers Briggs Type Indicator
This is a personality type assessment that will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Information from this inventory can help your understand your learning style, study smarter, and make career choices.  

Strong Interest Inventory
This test measures your interest in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects, It's a solid, dependable career planning tool.  

CIS - Career Information System
Occupational descriptions for hundreds of jobs, including current salary ranges, job outlook, job descriptions, etc.  

Placement Test Diagnostic
This test is a more detailed assessment of your math & writing ability.      

Success Courses  

Current Courses Recommended by Student Support Services.

  • College Success & Survival (HD100)
  • Study Skills (HD112)
  • Career/Life Plan (HD208)
  • Transfer Success (HD215)
  • Stress Management (HD152)
  • Decision Making (HD147)
  • Self Esteem (HD154) 
  • Stop Test Anxiety Now (HD 113)
  • Math Success (HD 0529)

TRIO Student Support Services Tutoring 

The SSS tutoring lab is unique in that students meet with the retention specialist for an evaluation of their skill level and learning style prior to receiving tutoring. Students may take the Compass Diagnostic Test for math, reading, and writing which gives an in depth look at their skill levels in specific content areas. This information allows students to identify and target areas that need the most improvement. For more information, please contact our Director/Retention Specialist in Stensland 103.

OREGON COLLEGE LINKS

Members of Student Support Services are provided the opportunity to visit prospective colleges within the region. This is one of the benefits of being a member. During the school year, visits are scheduled to four-year college and university campuses. SSS pays all travel expenses for members.

Oregon Universities

Do I Qualify for TRIO SSS?

To qualify for membership in Student Support Services, you must meet the following criteria:  

  1. You are registered as a full-time, on-campus student at Southwestern  
  2. At least one of the following applies to you:
    • Neither parent has a 4-year (bachelor's) degree  
    • You meet the low income requirements for federal TRIO programs  
    • You have a documented disability (physical or learning)    
  3. You complete an application to join SSS and have an interview with an SSS staff member  

For an application or more information, please contact us:
Phone: 541.888.7419
Email: sss@socc.edu

Student Support Services Staff

MICHELLE BENOIT

MICHELLE BENOIT

TRIO/SSS Director/Retention Specialist

Michelle Benoit is the Director/Retention Specialist for the SSS program. She has worked as an academic advisor at Southwestern since 2006 providing services to a diverse group of students.  As a result of her own experiences in college, she is dedicated to helping nontraditional and disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Education from Oregon State University.  She has taught College Success and Survival, Transfer Success and Intermediate French at the college level.

Phone: 541.888.7421
Email: mbenoit@socc.edu
JANET BASNEY

JANET BASNEY

TRIO/SSS Project Assistant

Janet Basney started working for SSS in September of 2011 as the SSS Project Assistant. She has been working for the college since 2002 in other departments. Janet started her education at Southwestern and earned her AS in Human Services; graduating with honors and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She then went on to Eastern Oregon University where she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Anthropology/Sociology. Janet has come full circle by being in the SSS program herself when she attended Southwestern and now working for the grant funded program.

Phone: 541.888.7419
Email: jbasney@socc.edu
CAROLYN BYRD

CAROLYN BYRD

TRIO/SSS Counselor

Carolyn Byrd became the SSS counselor in September of 2007. She graduated with her Associates from Big Bend Community College where she was an active member of SSS. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Washington State University, and her Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She has worked extensively with under served populations particularly in the community mental health setting where she provided services to the working poor and uninsured as a mental health counselor. Carolyn teaches several classes at Southwestern, including "College Success and Survival", “Positive Psychology”, “Stress Management", “Decision Making”, “Self Esteem”, “Career/Education Exploration”, and “Study Skills”.

Phone: 541.888.7494
Email: cbyrd@socc.edu

Financial Literacy  

Student Support Services provides financial literacy education to students. Financial literacy is the ability to understand and analyze your finances and make wise financial decisions. Applying the knowledge and skills necessary to manage financial resources effectively can lead to a lifetime of financial well-being. Southwestern Oregon Community College provides financial literacy education for all students via the SALT website. SSS participants will receive login instructions during the intake process.

SALT

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