Front Range Community College (FRCC) is lucky to have three TRIO programs to that serve students who are from limited income, who are first generation college students, and who are students with documented disabilities on their journey toward enrolling and graduating from college.
What is TRIO?
TRIO is a federally funded program designed to provide a community of support to students who have limited income, are first-generation college students, and/or have a documented disability. They are designed to support and motivate students' progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through college. The programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Training Grants.
At FRCC, we have the Upward Bound program for students at Westminster High School and two Student Support Services programs for students enrolled at FRCC.
Student Support Services (SSS): College Students
TRIO SSS is a program designed to provide a community of support to students who are from limited income, are first generation college students, and/or students with documented disabilities. We provide wraparound services that promote academic, personal, and professional growth, as well as assistance navigating financial aid and financial literacy. TRIO SSS provides a positive environment where SSS Scholars know their voice, experiences and dreams will be cultivated and inspired to grow. Studies show that SSS participants have higher rates of student retention and transfer, improved grade point averages, and credit accumulation. They also have higher rates in degree completion at both two-year colleges at 41% vs. 28% and four-year colleges at 48% vs. 40% (Source: Center for Opportunities in Education).
Learn more about the Student Support Services program for your campus:
Upward Bound (UB): High School Students
The Front Range Community College TRIO Upward Bound (FRCC TRIO UB) Program serves as a supportive learning community to assist 60 Westminster High School students and their families annually with navigating educational and career pathways. Once admitted to the program, participants receive holistic support to complete high school graduation requirements and pursue a post-secondary education at a college of their choice.
Learn more about the Upward Bound Program at Westminster High School.