Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO* program that assists 230 eligible students traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education due to income, family educational background, and/or disability. Professional staff and student mentors support SSS participants through a free program providing personalized, confidential and comprehensive services that include:

  • Academic, financial and personal advising
  • Textbook loans
  • Tutoring: group and one-to-one
  • Workshops for academic, personal and professional enhancement
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Scholarship information and assistance
  • Career exploration
  • Transfer services and campus visits
  • Computer and FAX access
  • Grant Aid

The mission of SSS at Salish Kootenai College is to help program participants to succeed: to foster personal and academic growth, to enhance student retention, to increase graduation and transfer rates. Students who qualify for and participate in SSS have a more than 50{da2c5aad49a103051dd1ae808de6407c4a4388e13a215350a21cf68fa895bbb6} higher success rate that those students who qualify but do not participate.

* TRIO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 enacted as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Initially three programs (hence the name TRIO), there are now five TRIO programs at SKC:

  1. Student Support Services
  2. EOC (Education Opportunity Center)
  3. Upward Bound
  4. Talent Search

Outstanding TRIO alumni include entertainment notables Oprah Winfrey and Angela Basset, John Quinones – ABC news correspondent, A. C. Green – Phoenix Sun and L. A. Laker, and first Hispanic astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz.