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August 20, 2015

Gavilan College TRiO program awarded $1.2 million in five-year grant

The United States Department of Education (DOE) recently announced that the Gavilan College  TRiO program would receive funding for another five years.  The total amount of funding will be $1,237,915.00, spread over the term of the grant. TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to assist first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled Gavilan College students as they prepare to obtain a two-year degree and/or transfer to a four-year university. Some of the support services have included specialized academic counseling , priority registration, TRiO grants, Summer Bridge, academic workshops, cultural and campus activities and career and personal development activities.This funding will make it possible for current TRiO activities at Gavilan College to continue to be available to local students.

One of the most successful activities the TRiO funding supports at Gavilan College is the Summer Bridge program. Summer Bridge helps transition incoming students that recently graduated from high school so that they can be successful students at Gavilan College. Students advance in their mathematics coursework, develop skills to be successful students, and become part of a community of support. In the last two Summer Bridge programs 50- 56 % of the students tested 1-4 course levels in mathematics above the level they initially tested into.

According to one student who completed the program, in an anonymous survey  “I honestly feel that this program really helped me a lot. Now I feel more confident coming to school this fall because I have gained some experience and knowledge that other incoming freshman haven’t. In a way I feel like I am ahead, Thank you."


At the national level, TRiO emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of the Johnson administration's War on Poverty. The first program was called Upward Bound. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these three federal programs. Student Support Services (SSS) is now one of the six federal TRiO Programs funded through the United States Department of Education. Other TRIO Programs include Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. Macnair Post Baccalaureate Program and Talent Search. These programs are designed specially to assist low-income; first generation college students and/or students with a disability enroll in and successfully graduate from a post secondary educational institution. There are over 1,200 TRIO programs throughout the country.

For more information about TRiO at Gavilan College, go to



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