TRIO to Suspend Support Student Services at L&C




Donald Becker

TRIO Student Support Services was a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with meeting requirements at the college and serves to motivate students towards success in completion of their transfer degree.

The goal of Trio is to increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates for students who are identified as low income, first generation college students or those who have a documented disability.

As of fall 2016, many students already involved in the program received emails and letters stating that they, “regretfully inform that Student Support Services will not be funded by the Department of Education as of Aug. 31, 2016”

The services that were available were as follows: guidance in Financial Aid, Financial Literacy and transfer requirements, calculator and textbook loans, Cultural Enrichment activities, academic counseling and grade monitoring, career advisement and networking, and personal counseling.

In a letter/email sent out by the program’s director Kehven L Williams states, “This letter is to regretfully inform you that Student Support Services will not be funded by the Department of Education as of August 31, 2016. The program will not be available to serve students that were participants.

Past participants, however, may receive assistance from the following departments: The Student Success Center provides math and science labs; tutoring; writing desk and academic help.  

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion can help with the following but not limited to: Scholarship Assistance, International Student Assistance, LGBTQ Student Assistance, Information on student organizations.

Student Development will continue to serve students with special needs and provide counselors for problems and emergency funds available for students. The Perkins Project will continue to serve career program students.

Veterans and Career services will continue to provide assistance for veterans and students with career research.  The following is the link to these services on our website:

The Education Opportunity Center will help with FAFSA and other services. That office can be contacted at 465-5124.

As a reminder, if you have any books or materials borrowed from Student Support Services please return them by the end of each semester. The college will still place 2S restrictions on student accounts if books are not returned to SSS or Perkins Project.

If you need to get a price for book replacement, contact the book store at:

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Williams at or (618) 468-6300.

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