TRIO PROGRAMS contact info
Student Support Services:
Randolph Hall, Room 6
Office Hours: 8am-5pm; Monday-Friday
Phone: (541) 888-7419
Student Support Email
Educational Talent Search & Upward Bound:
Randolph Hall, Room 8
Office Hours: 8am-5pm; Monday-Friday
Phone: (541) 888-7223
Talent Search & Upward Bound Email
Southwestern provides Trio Program support for students.
The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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, encourage students to transfer to a four-year college or university, and to assist with the transfer process. SSS services are free.
• Connect-to-Campus Program for new students
• Designated tutoring and study areas
• Personal, career, and academic advising
• Peer mentoring
• Campus visits to Oregon's four-year schools
• Cultural enrichment activities
• Financial literacy education
• Help with grants and scholarships
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:
o Neither parent has a 4-year (bachelor's) degree
o You meet the low-income requirements for federal TRIO programs
o 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
Student Support Services is 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 $335,106 per year.
To apply, fill out the application online through myLakerLink or contact the SSS office.
Educational Talent Search (ETS) is an educational access and retention program for middle and high school students, sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College, and funded through the U.S. Department of Education.
Our purpose is to identify, motivate, and assist students in their educational transitions. We assist and encourage students to stay in school and graduate, and enroll in a community college, university, or technical training program.
Throughout the year ETS students attend various fun and educational activities, and they are always FREE! All high school plays and performances are free to ETS students. College campus visits are scheduled throughout the year and are available to all ETS juniors and seniors.
- Counseling about academic, career, and vocational opportunities.
- Exposure to career opportunities and college campuses.
- Workshops and in-school sessions relevant to study skills, career choices, and opportunities for education beyond high school.
- Assistance with PSAT and SAT registration, college admissions, scholarship applications, and financial aid forms.
- Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents.
You can participate if you attend one of the following schools:
- Middle Schools
- Millicoma Intermediate School (6th grade only)
- Sunset Middle School
- North Bend Middle School
- High Schools
- Marshfield High School
- North Bend High School
- Reedsport High School
- Coquille High School
- Myrtle Point High School
- Powers High School
- Bandon High School
- Pacific High School
- Brookings/Harbor High School
- Gold Beach High School
- Are at least 11 years old and in the sixth grade.
- Parents or legal guardian did not graduate from a four-year college.
- Qualify within the income eligibility requirements.
- Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
TRIO programs are funded by grants totaling $762,466 through the U.S. Department of Education.
To apply, contact the Talent Search specialist at your school or contact our office.
Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparatory program for high school students. UB provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and provides the fundamental support participants need in their preparation for college entrance. UB is designed to help students overcome economic, social, and educational barriers towards achieving the success of a degree in post secondary education.
UB serves 50 students through activities designed to improve their grades, promote study and research skills necessary for college, and generate the motivation needed to succeed in higher education. UB students receive a small monetary stipend that reflects their academic achievements and participation in the program.
Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Is willing and able to participate in all aspects of the UB program including the 6-week Summer Academy.
• Has academic potential as evidenced by at least a “C” average in core-component courses (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science).
• Is motivated about pursuing an education beyond high school.
• Is a first-generation college student, or a low-income individual; is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
• Has a parent/guardian who supports and encourages their student’s educational goals and UB commitments.
• Is currently a 9th or 10th grade student at either Marshfield or North Bend High School.
To apply, contact the UB specialist at your high school or contact our office.