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What Services does SSS offer?                                                                                                                        


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

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)
  • Stress Management (HD152)
  • 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.
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For more information, please contact our Director/Retention Specialist in Randolph 06.

Peer Mentors

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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: [email protected]

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Student Support Services Staff



TRIO/SSS Director

Michelle Benoit is the Director 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: [email protected]
Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

TRIO/SSS Student Success Advisor

Ian Bailey is a Student Success Advisor for the SSS program. As a community college graduate and transfer student, Ian is dedicated to helping students aspire and achieve academic and life success. He has a MS in Development Sociology and is currently a PhD candidate at Cornell University. He has taught lower and upper division sociology and college writing courses and was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell.

Phone: 541.888.7379
Email: [email protected]
Chloe Eberlein

Chloe Eberlein

Student Success Advisor

Chloe is a Student Success advisor for the SSS program. She is a local graduate of Marshfield High School who loves helping students find what they enjoy and want to study in college. Being a health advocate she loves promoting a healthy lifestyle emotionally as well as physically. Chloe holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Animal Sciences with a Chemistry minor. She strives to help students discover what they are passionate about and how to get there.

Phone: 541.888.7497 Email: [email protected]

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 iGrad website. SSS participants will receive login instructions during the intake process.


TRIO Student Support Services

What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs for education.  IMG 1076The 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 $291,000 per year.