TRiO Student Support Services is a program with the sole purpose of helping students in need succeed at Lake Land College. TRiO is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help students complete their academic goals and graduate from Lake Land College. The program, along with its counselors and advisors work with each student individually, providing and connecting students with a wide variety of support services, events and activities. TRiO provides one-on-one meetings with staff, informative workshops and access to educational, social and cultural opportunities available only to TRiO participants. All of TRiO services are free to eligible students. So, if you’re interested in a fun, successful and supported educational experience at Lake Land College, read on to see if TRiO is for you!
Students who are eligible for TRiO Student Support Services must be pursuing an associate degree or certificate and meet at least one of the following requirements:
TRiO Student Support Services offers social and cultural activities, college tours and academic workshops to enrich the college experience. Students are required to attend at least one cultural event per semester, one college tour per year, two academic workshops per semester and one financial literacy workshop per year. To be eligible to participate in these events, students must meet the requirements set forth in the TRiO Student Contract.
The TRiO Student Support Services program hosts numerous cultural and social activities and events throughout the semester. The purpose of these activities is to provide students with an opportunity to enjoy an array of educational and culturally enriching experiences. Past trips have included downtown St. Louis including the Arch and the Fox Theatre, Swan Lake Russian Ballet, the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham, the Covered Bridge Festival in Bridgeton, Ind., the Spurlock Museum and Krannert Center in Champaign, plays, musical performances and The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
Structured tours help students become acquainted with local four year institutions by providing an information gathering opportunity and the chance to personally experience the campus environment. Campus visits typically include a campus tour, information about the transfer process, financial aid opportunities and the admission process. Many tours also include an opportunity to speak with a person from the major in which you are interested. Tours have included the U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Springfield, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville and Illinois State University.
Workshops are provided to promote students’ personal, academic and financial growth. For convenience, TRiO Student Support Services workshops are offered both in person, and in many cases, are also available on DVD and Canvas to accommodate students’ schedules. Examples of workshop topics include time management skills, stress management, study skills, financial literacy, using library resources and dinning etiquette.
TRiO Student Support Services is a federal grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to provide an integrated support network to students who meet the eligibility criteria. LLC was first awarded the TRiO grant in 2005.
TRiO provides a personal college “safety net” from freshman year through graduation. The program can help you build your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.
There are certain eligibility requirements TRiO students must meet. Students who are eligible for TRiO must be pursuing an associate degree or certificate and meet at least one of the following requirements:
You will receive personal support and encouragement through individual counseling. To help you succeed academically, TRiO conducts tailored assessment and advising. TRiO will assess your needs, develop an individualized educational plan and refer you to appropriate services.
TRiO collaborates with academic counselors and other college staff to help TRiO students select classes and identify appropriate resources to help you stay on track to meet your goals. Students will receive individualized assistance in creating a manageable course schedule and completing the registration process. Once in your classes, TRiO offers individual and small group tutoring in partnership with the Tutoring Center. Finally, TRiO’s dedicated Learning Skills Specialist can help you develop your learning and studying skills to their fullest potential!
Social and Cultural Enrichment Opportunities
Develop an appreciation for diversity and personal and social development through cultural events and opportunities on and off campus. These cultural events include trips to plays, musicals and other TRiO sponsored events, at no cost to the participating TRiO student.
Get advice on decision making skills, career research, writing skills and other job search tasks.
TRiO students attend workshops and round table discussions designed to provide friendly, personalized assistance on a variety of academic and personal topics. TRiO covers everything from identifying your learning style to building a workable personal budget. Other popular topics include test taking skills, completing FAFSA forms, healthy eating and managing stress.
Your TRiO counselor can help you learn the admissions and financial aid procedures of attending a four-year institution. Also, many of our events throughout the year involve trips to other universities in the area. Many TRiO participants find these trips to play a critical role in their transfer decision-making process.
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be required to:
No. All program services are free to the student; however, each student must meet all requirements as set forth by the TRiO counselor in order to participate in TRiO events.
This is up to you – it can take as little as one hour each month or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize.
No, TRIO Student Support Services is not a scholarship program. However, a limited number of scholarships are available each semester.
Absolutely! TRiO offers students supplemental academic advising and career counseling. TRiO can help you determine a program that best suits you interests, strengths and long-term plans.
TRiO Student Support Services offers many opportunities for students to become acquainted with each other. We encourage experienced TRiO students to reach out to those who have just started and help them meet others with similar majors, interests or challenges. You’ll get a chance to meet other TRiO students at workshops, cultural events and college tours. TRiO encourages students to attend college-wide events, too. There is no shortage of ways to meet others.
All TRiO staff members work directly with our students, so feel free to contact any one of us at the following numbers:
Ashli Robison – TRiO Student Support Services Learning Skills Specialist, 217-234-5260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber Niebrugge – TRiO Student Support Services Advising Counselor217-234-5007, email@example.com
Marko Mohlenhoff – Director TRiO Student Support Services Programs 217-234-5441, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lake Land College Mentor Program helps empower TRiO students to make positive school, career and life choices that will maximize their options for the future. The mentor program was established to use Lake Land College faculty and staff who volunteer to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to the participants of the TRiO Student Support Services Program for at least one year. Mentors may help their mentees by connecting them to possible research opportunities, helping them network within their field, giving advice on transfer schools and programs, and sharing experiences in the area. This program can help the mentees set positive career, academic and personal goals.
If you would like to participate in the TRiO Mentor Program, please contact Ashli Robison, TRiO Learning Skills Specialist at 217-234-5260 or email@example.com.
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The mission of the TRiO program is to provide an environment that promotes academic, social and personal growth for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities. To accomplish this mission, TRiO will:
TRiO Student Support Services student ambassadors are your contacts to make suggestions for the program, identify concerns and help you navigate your college experience. They are available to talk to students about their TRiO Student Support Services experiences.
Contact Amber Niebrugge, TRiO Advising Counselor, at (217) 234-5007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutoring is available to all TRiO students at no financial cost. TRIO partners with the Lake Land College Tutoring and Testing Center to provide tutoring in core subject areas.
The Tutoring Center is located in the Tutoring and Testing Center in Webb Hall, Rm 130. Tutoring is available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment.
TRiO-SSS at Lake Land College is committed to making sure that students have the support they need to achieve their goals. One avenue of support is tutoring. TRiO partners with the Tutoring Center to provide tutoring in most core subjects, subject to tutor availability. We also work with the math department and use their tutors.
Here are some common questions students have about getting a tutor through TRiO:
As soon as possible. If there is any sign that you are beginning to struggle in one or more classes, seek help right away. It is much easier to improve your results when you start early. It is also possible to request tutoring before classes start if you know that you find a particular subject difficult. Requesting help promptly also increases the likelihood that your preferred time/tutor will be available.
All tutoring is available at no financial cost to the student.
TRiO students should contact Ashli Robison, TRiO Learning Skills Specialist, at 234-5260 or email@example.com . He will ask you to complete a schedule indicating how often you want tutoring and in which course or courses, along with the times you are available. Download Schedule
Most tutoring takes place in Webb Hall, in the Tutoring and Testing Center, Rm 130. The drop-in math tutoring has a separate schedule. See Amory for a copy.
Tutoring is available Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00. A limited amount of tutoring in selected subjects is available during evening hours.
You should bring your textbook and all notes, handouts etc. needed to complete your assignment. You should also bring any tools you need, such as a calculator or flash drive. In addition, you should bring questions. Your tutor will be more able to help you if you have given the assignment or task a try and know where you start having problems.
You should notify your tutor know RIGHT AWAY if you are not going to make it. Tutors only get paid when their students are there, so failing to show without warning is highly unfair to them. Call the Tutoring and Testing Center at 217-234-5366 or leave a note for your tutor on the bulletin board. Also, if your schedule or your needs change, let your tutor know so you can make adjustments. Students who repeatedly fail to show up for tutoring may have their time slot given to another student.
Contact Ashli Robison, TRiO Learning Skills Specialist at 217-234-5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Get one-on-one, personal support through individual counseling to help motivate you to complete your academic goals!
Receive an individualized education plan provided by TRiO which will assess your needs and refer you to the appropriate services.
Reach your academic goals by having TRiO help you choose the right classes for you and connect you with individual or small group tutoring, as needed.
Identify the financial resources you need through Lake Land College and other organizations to help you realize your dreams with the help of TRiO.
Get advice on decision making skills, career research, writing skills and other job search tasks through TRiO’s added support.
Receive tutoring and instruction set up through TRiO in basic study skills to help achieve academic success.
Attend workshops and round table discussions on a variety of academic and personal topics. TRiO will cover everything from identifying learning styles to building realistic personal budgets. These workshops are designed to provide friendly, personalized assistance on topics like test taking stills, completing FAFSA forms, healthy lifestyles and managing stress.
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Get the opportunity to visit university campuses and open house events in addition to setting up transfer plans and identifying admissions requirements, academic program offerings and other relevant information through TRiO.